A Southern Taste Offered for the Rest of the Country

MEANWHILE, BACK AT CAFE DU MONDE: the popular, unique, and festive food monologue show and now a best seller coffee table/cookbook is coming back to Los Angeles for two live shows. Partnering with Tom Bergin’s Tavern, the show will be produced on Jan. 27 and Feb. 11. Featured foodies sharing their stories will be Tom Bergen’s Executive Chef Brandon Boudet and operating manager Kat Witt; Lisa Annitti who inspired the shows with her famous “Coconut Pie and a Bottle of Wine” story; writer/director Diana Zollicoffer featured in the book “The Other Creole Girl;” actor Lance Spellerberg featMeanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde : Life Stories about Foodured in the book “Miss New Orleans;” Adam Milstein, owner of South Santa Monica and featured in the book “A Bit of SOUTH IN Santa Monica;” Johnnie Handel, private chef and co-owner of San Gennaro’s Restaurant; Brigitte Pailet, general manager of Snookie’s; Theo Stephan, founder of Global Gardens Olive Oil & Vinegar; Chef Das Smith, founder and director of the culinary program at Beverly Hills High School; actress/producer/blogger Melanie Elliott and Peggy Sweeney-McDonald, creator/producer/editor of Meanwhile. Susan Irby, cookbook author, and celebrity “Bikini Chef” of KABC Bikini Lifestyle Radio will emcee the January show. Chef Jamie Gwen, celebrity chef, four-time cookbook author, certified sommelier and host of Cooking and Wine with Chef Jamie Gwen live radio show- KFWB News Talk 980 will emcee the Feb. 11 Mardi Gras show.

Humorous and heartfelt, these personal food stories all have the common thread of food — our culture and relationships, personal life stories, restaurant experiences, and past love affairs.

“We’ve all experienced the highs and lows of life, which mostly revolve around our food experiences,” said Sweeney-McDonald, a former actress and veteran event producer (Superstar Events-LA) and 15-year resident of Los Angeles. “Everyone has their own Cafe Du Monde experience – the place where they know what they are ordering, they know it is delicious, and they know they are with good friends and family and for that hour, life is really wonderful.”

Tickets are $25 and include show, beignets, Irish Coffee, tax & gratuity. cash bar and full menu are available. Tom Bergin’s Tavern is located at 840 S. Fairfax Ave. Seating is limited, for reservations call 323-936-7151 or visit www.meanwhilebackatcafedumonde.com.

Los Angeles Informer