by Scott Gold
What could possibly be better than partaking in what is planned to be the biggest oyster po-boy ever made? Knowing that it's free, of course. The Louisiana Oyster Jubilee is looking to set the record with an oyster loaf that would — and probably will — satisfy a city.
Over 30 chefs from local restaurants and their teams will convene to assemble a po-boy that's expected to contain 5,500 Louisiana harvested oysters, and will take up 340 feet of Bourbon Street. There will be a ceremonial cutting of the po-boy (way more exciting than a ribbon cutting ceremony, for certain), after which the masterpiece will be given away for free to hungry guests on the 300 block of Bourbon. It is expected to be devoured in minutes, which, this being New Orleans, seems entirely appropriate.
In addition to the block-long po-boy, the Oyster Jubilee will feature an oyster po-boy cook-off by local chefs. Cafe Reconcile took home the blue ribbon in last year's competition with their version featuring smoked tomato and garlic-spiced aioli, followed by Tracey's avocado-aioli oyster club, and the third prize went to G.W. Fins, for their oyster po-boy with "roasted sunchoke, celeriac, black truffle, and watercress with truffle aioli."
Deanie's Seafood will be taking care of the oyster-frying duties, with Leidenheimer Bakery supplying the French bread, and participating restaurants include oyster specialists such as Drago's Seafood, Acme Oyster House, Desire Oyster Bar, Oceana Grill and Parkway Tavern, as well as fine dining establishments like Galatoire's, Restaurant R'evolution, Stanley, and more. A full list of restaurants joining the Jubilee can be found here.
The Louisiana Oyster Jubilee was founded in 2007 by New Orleans Musical Legends, Inc. and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board. It will take place on Saturday, March 29th, on the 300 block of Bourbon St. in the French Quarter, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.