If you haven’t read the first two parts of my interview with the cast and crew of Treme, click here and here. I asked a few questions of the folks who will be throwing the “My Darlin’ New Orleans” fundraiser tonight at Generations Hall.
Gambit: There’s going to be food from Susan Spicer, Tory McPhail and Alon Shaya at the event. What restaurant do you always suggest to out-of-town guests when they visit?
David Simon, Co-Creator/Executive Producer: I always go off the beaten path and tell them about Mosca's. No one takes me up on it though, I suppose because of the drive over the bridge and the journey deep into the West Bank. Usually, I have to drag 'em there and order the chicken a la grande myself.
Wendell Pierce, “Antoine Batiste”: Sassafras on Leon C. Simon by the Lake.
Gambit: What can we expect at the event tonight?
Nina Noble, Executive Producer: We have a record number of great auction items this year, including some fabulous original art. We hope everyone will come out and enjoy an evening of great food, music, and meet some of the cast and crew of Treme.
Pierce: Meeting the actors, hearing great music, and helping a great cause.
Gambit: Anything else Gambit readers should know?
Simon: HBO's lead sponsorship of the event, as well as the support of our other sponsors, ensures that the first dollar spent on admission or auction items goes to the named charities. We're doing everything we can to maximize the support that we leave behind, because let's face it, 10 years from now, Treme will be remembered, if at all, as a drama that used to be on television. But these nonprofits will still be here on the ground, doing the hard work of supporting New Orleans and its musical culture.
Tonight’s event will host cast members from Treme and other local celebrities, and feature music from Irma Thomas, Little Freddie King and Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns. I’m looking forward to all the stories I’ll have to tell on Monday!