To celebrate five years at its Broadmoor headquarters, social innovation incubator Propeller (4035 Washington Ave., 504-322-3282; www.gopropeller.org) is throwing a pop-up party April 27.
"In past years (the event) has been a graduation ceremony, but this year is really a celebration of all the entrepreneurs that have come through our (program)," says Propeller Communications Manager Catherine Gans. Roughly 100 new ventures have been launched since its inception, she says.
The Propeller Pop event aims to promote new business ventures in the restaurant world. It features 12 up-and-coming pop-ups such as Filipino-focused Manila Village from Dean Lambert and Cristina Quackenbush, who formerly ran Milkfish. Other vendors include Port City Pantry, Nola Foodsmiths, House of Dumpling, The Old Portage, Local Acres, Sparklehorse and Black Swan Food Experience.
A few pop-ups are coming off stints as vendors at St. Roch Market, including Koreole, PDR and Donna Maloney's The Sweet Spot.
Menu items include bulgogi po-boy sliders from Koreole, popcorn rice rolls with vegetables, pickled ginger, turmeric aioli and wasabi microgreens from Local Acres, pork shoulder with garlic-chili vinaigrette and cracklings from Sparklehorse and charred eggplant with crispy rice, vegetables and roasted pepper sauce from PDR.
Attendees can sample a special cocktail by Kevin Augustine of Cochon Butcher, featuring Mister Katz's Rock & Rye whiskey, peach soda, bitters and Pop Rocks. There also will be artwork by Brennan Steele, music by DJ Otto Orellana, a raffle and activities.
The event is 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door or $100 for a patron party before the main event.