Rudy da Foodie is a social media influencer. He has a strong following on Instagram and Facebook and it grows larger every day. But what he really is, is an ambassador to all of the great food options found in his hometown: New Orleans.
His passion for food and cooking came at a young age while watching his grandmother cook. The New Orleans native initially wanted to become a physical therapist out of college, however, he took a career path towards the hospitality industry and eventually became the General Manager for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. After spending ten years at that position, Rudy took on the opportunity to help at-risk children and signed on as Director of Café Reconcile. At Café Reconcile, which is a culinary school that gives young people the skills they need for a future in the restaurant business, Rudy was able to work with some of New Orleans biggest chefs. In 2014, Rudy and the staff at Café Reconcile catered the Essence Music Festival. There, they prepared food for Prince, Mary J Blige, and the Essence Executives.
With over 20-years of experience in the hospitality and non-profit industry, Rudy went on to start his own independent consulting firm. He now helps companies and organizations improve their operational performance and management processes. His goal is to help others break down barriers and to create work environments where everyone can achieve success.
That philosophy of sharing and helping others, whether it’s with the at-risk youth at Café Reconcile or promoting an amazing meal at a restaurant on Instagram, is what Rudy da Foodie is all about. That passion for food and cooking is still there. It’s what motivates him to continue to promote about the good that he finds in the city that he loves: New Orleans. And his followers are eating it up.
Who makes the best red beans and rice?
Spicy Kitchen (4058 Old Gentilly Road) or Wille Maes Scotch House (2401 St Ann Street).
What types of memories are brought up when you have red beans and rice?
Waiting for my grandfather to get home from work because nobody ate until he got home. And watching the Young and the Restless soap opera 😆😂
Do you prefer dried beans or canned?
I don’t care. Canned or dry. I can make Blue Runners not taste like the can tho😜
Do you use a particular brand of rice?
Five Minute Rice. Nobody has time to wait on rice anymore 😂😂😂😂
What do you serve with your beans?
Fried or grilled pork chop, fried chicken, and cornbread.
What are you currently working on?
Fixintoeat Project. It’s a series of documented food experiences around Louisiana.
For more information on Rudy da Foodie and where he’s eating at, be sure to follow him on Instagram and Facebook by searching @RudyDaFoodie. You can find all of his posts using the hashtag #fixintoeat.
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Eric Olsson is the food blogger of RedBeansAndEric.com. He publishes new recipes and interviews weekly. He has developed recipes and written articles for the famous Camellia brand in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has been mentioned in Louisiana Cookin‘ magazine and has had recipes featured in Taste of Home magazine – with his Creole Turkey recipe being runner up in their annual Thanksgiving recipe contest. He lives outside of Detroit, Michigan, with his wife and four children.