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Rebirth Brass Band

became the first New Orleans brass band ever to win a Grammy Award when Rebirth of New Orleans, their latest album, won the Best Regional Roots Music Album category at the Feb. 12 music awards in Los Angeles. Three of the five albums in the category were by Louisiana artists. Also nominated were C.J. Chenier for Can't Sit Down and Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys for Grand Isle.


Dave Bartholomew

received the Grammy Awards' Trustees Award of Special Merit at a special ceremony Feb. 11. The 91-year-old musician, bandleader and trumpeter, who co-wrote Fats Domino's "Ain't That a Shame" and "Goin' Home," has been active in New Orleans music for more than 50 years in the fields of jazz, R&B and rock and roll, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. Bartholomew's sons accepted the award for him.


Frank Brigtsen

will be honored by the John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University with its annual Lafcadio Hearn Award, which is presented to a culinary figure who has had a "long-term positive influence on Louisiana and U.S. cuisine and culture." Brigtsen is the award-winning chef of Brigtsen's Restaurant; he reopened the landmark Harahan seafood restaurant Charlie's several years ago. The chef will be honored with a dinner at the university March 5.


Richard McCarthy,

executive director of the Crescent City Farmers Market, won the "Heroes of the New South" award from Southern Living. The magazine recognizes people who support, curate and continue Southern food traditions. The runner-up was New Orleans culinary historian and radio host Poppy Tooker. The two will be featured in the March issue of Southern Living, on newsstands this week.

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