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Cultivating a Local Foods Cafe


  The Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center (1618 O.C. Haley Blvd., 352-1150; has long been a New Orleans destination for movies. It's also becoming a spot for alternative brunch, one featuring a menu composed entirely of local foods.

  On the second Saturday of each month, Zeitgeist hosts the OCH Art Market ( and, starting last week, the Local Foods Cafe.

  The cafe is a partnership between NOLA Locavore (, a group that promotes eating locally-produced foods (and which organizes the annual Eat Local Challenge), and the PPX Dinner Club (, a pop-up eatery run by chef Matthew Elliott Kopfler and Tess Monaghan. Zeitgeist's building doubles as the NOLA Locavores headquarters, so it's providing the space, and PPX will handle the cooking. Lee Stafford of NOLA Locavores says he hopes to develop the concept into a permanent local-foods restaurant.

  "We've been wanting to add a restaurant at Zeitgeist for a while," he says. "We're starting with having it at the art market because we'll get the traffic we need, but the end goal is to have a locavore cafe there open seven days a week."

  For the past few months, Kopfler and Monaghan have been running PPX as a once-a-week pop-up on Wednesday evenings inside the F&M Patio Lounge (4841 Tchoupitoulas St., 895-6784;, among other locations. Their menus make regular use of local foods, but for this new project all of the ingredients come from local producers, with much of it sourced through Hollygrove Market & Farm.

  Local Foods Cafe serves on the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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