Contact: Jill Browning/Jill Browning PR

“Peggy draws attention not only to our food, but also to the people who make it part of the character of Louisiana.” –Chef John Besh, author of My New Orleans and My Family Table, co-author of The New Orleans Program

Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde…
Life Stories about Food
Created and Edited by
Peggy Sweeney-McDonald
“Tasty and amazing stories about our favorite subject, FOOD!”
–Emeril & Alden Lagasse

MEANWHILE, BACK AT CAFE DU MONDE…,  the popular, unique, and festive food monologue show presented by foodie personalities and special guests will soon be a coffee table book published by Pelican Publishing in the September 2012.

Humorous and heartfelt, the personal food stories all have the common thread of food — our culture and relationships, personal life stories, restaurant experiences, past love affairs, and more. “We’ve all experienced the highs and lows of life, which mostly revolve around our food experiences,” says creator/producer Peggy Sweeney-McDonald. 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!

Based on presentations of MEANWHILE, BACK AT CAFE DU MONDE…, these foodie monologues invoke your own special comfort foods, recalling tasty memories of life, love, family, and friends to warm your heart, feed your soul, and make you pause to savor the sweetness of life. Accompanied by candid photographs of the many people involved, from speakers to audience members, this book will be a treasure trove of delightful and delicious memories for all. Karen Benrud, a member of the Cafe Du Monde family of New Orleans, provides the foreword that celebrates the 150th anniversary of the landmark cafe and its history.

Some featured personalities sharing their stories in MEANWHILE, BACK AT CAFE DU MONDE… include:

  • General Russel Honore, retired U.S Army Lieutenant General, Writer, and Speaker
  • Drew Ramsey, Owner of Hubig’s Pies
  • Leah Chase, Legendary Creole Chef and Owner of Dooky Chase restaurant
  • Jeff Kleinpeter, President of Kleinpeter Farms Dairy
  • Savannah Wise, Broadway, film, and television actress currently appearing in CBS’s Smash
  • Todd Graves, Founder and CEO of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers
  • Jeremy Davenport, Singer and Trumpeter
  • Michael Regua, Executive Chef at Antoine’s Restaurant 

As Peggy says in her title monologue, “No matter where I live and no matter what happens in my life, I always end up at Cafe Du Monde…taking life one beignet at a time.” 

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Peggy Sweeney-McDonald is the President of Superstar Events-L.A & Creator of “Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde…” She grew up in Baton Rouge and resides in Los Angeles with her husband, James McDonald. Her high level of creativity produces unique and memorable red carpet, non-profit and corporate events.  She is a graduate of Louisiana State University and worked in film, theatre, commercials as an actress for more than 25 years.  She is developing southern film projects, including a television pilot of the “Meanwhile,…” show.



Created and Edited by Peggy Sweeney-McDonald

Photographs by Troy Kleinpeter; Foreword by Karen Benrud

COOKING / Essays

On Sale September 15, 2012 – ISBN 9781455616602 – Price: $35.00

Also available as an ebook 

A portion of the book’s proceeds will be donated to Liberty’s Kitchen,

a nonprofit organization based in New Orleans (www.libertyskitchen.org).

For more information on the book, please contact:

Jill Browning, at 717-201-9629 or JillBrowningPR@gmail.com.