Le Grand Remix received the inaugural French Culture Film Grant from #CreateLouisiana, announced at the 2017 French Film Festival. The $32,500 award aims to help foster new works highlighting French culture. The short film is written and directed by New Orleans filmmaker Austin Alward.
Zachary Engel, Rebecca Wilcomb and Arnaud's French 75 received awards from the James Beard Foundation May 1. Shaya chef Engel was named Rising Star Chef of the Year, Herbsaint chef Wilcomb was named Best Chef: South and Arnaud's French 75 was honored with an award for Outstanding Bar Program.
Justin Brown and Joshua Carthon, two former New Orleans Police Department officers, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court April 26 to interstate transportation in aid of racketeering, after transporting more than 13,000 cartons of contraband cigarettes to North Carolina. They each face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.