Drag performers will take center stage during a lively brunch soiree at Toups South, located in New Orleans’ Southern Food & Beverage Museum (SoFAB), on Sunday, November 12. Native New Orleanian and Culinary Activist, Poppy Tooker, along with Crescentcare-NO/AIDS Task Force, will host “Poppy’s Pop-Up Drag Brunch” to support Food For Friends – a meal-delivery program, which has served people living with AIDS and cancer in the greater New Orleans area for over two decades by supplying groceries, household/personal care products, and home-delivered meals to clients and their families.
Priced at $50 per person (excluding tax and server gratuity), the three-course brunch will highlight the refined cuisine of James Beard “Best Chef: South” Finalist, Chef Isaac Toups. The event is set to take place 11:30 AM – 2 PM, pairing amuse-bouche and breakfast fare with a variety of mid-morning cocktails including bottomless Mimosas and Pimm’s Cups.
The festive brunch will feature an array of Chef Isaac Toups’ gastronomic specialties, as follows:
CHILLED BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP
herbs chili oil
FRIED OYSTER SALAD
buttermilk dressing, lardons
SHRIMP & TOMATO BENEDICT
creamed spinach, biscuits
BRAISED SHORT RIB
Bellegarde grits, onion rings
Toups South is located inside of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum at 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in New Orleans. The restaurant serves lunch from 11 AM – 3 PM; dinner Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 5 PM – 10 PM, Friday – Saturday 5 PM – 11 PM; Sunday brunch 10 AM – 3 PM; Happy hour Monday – Saturday 3 PM – 6 PM at the bar; Closed Tuesdays. For more information, please call (504) 304-2147 or visit www.toupssouth.com.
Eric Olsson is the food blogger of RedBeansAndEric.com. He publishes new recipes and interviews weekly. He has developed recipes for author Todd-Michael St Pierre for his book, The Southern Po’boy Cookbook, published by Ulysses Press, and for the famous Camellia brand in New Orleans. His Creole seasoned turkey recipe was runner up in the Taste of Home magazine’s annual Thanksgiving recipe contest, and he has been mentioned in Louisiana Cookin’ magazine. He lives outside of Detroit, Michigan, with his wife and three children.