Ray Cannata has eaten at over 750 New Orleans restaurants, so he knows a thing or two about hanging out. Margo Moss has turned Ted's Frostop from a greasy spoon into a considerably less greasy but not quite silver spoon. When the sun goes down and the ghosts come out at Grille the Hill, the non existent Uptown restaurant next to Monkey Hill bar, Ray and Margo entertain members of New Orleans restaurant community. Their guests bring along a friend, a +1. Anything can happen.
Aaron Vogel makes donuts and sliders and has chocolate milk on tap at his new unique Magazine Street eatery District Donuts Sliders Brew. But what Aaron's really doing is changing the world. An ex-pastor, Aaron is deeply committed to making the world a better place. He has a business plan that spreads love, happiness, and human decency beyond his four walls to the neighborhood, cities and nations. It's not some cheesy business slogan like "changing the world one donut at a time," it's a real business plan that involves investing the profit from donuts in a social revolution. By the end of this show, if Aaron suggests moving to Ghana and opening Vogeltown, we'd probably all be there drinking the chocolate milk koolaid. In a city of colorful kitchen characters, Aaron Vogel is the most quietly powerful charismatic guy you're going to meet.
Aaron's +1 on this show is the equally dedicated Ben McLeish. Aaron and Ben met online, but not on Match.com. They found each other in the search for other New Orleans contributors committed to making social change. Ben is instrumental in the recovery of the St Roch neighborhood through his organization St Roch CDC.
The truly interesting culinary angle on this story is that Ray and Margo didn't know any of this charismatic evangelical social change stuff when they booked Aaron as a guest on the show. All they knew is that he makes donuts that are extraordinary. They're actually almost capable of changing the world themselves. Below is the donut Ray rhapsodizes about - the Vietnamese coffee donut complete with tapioca balls - and 3 companions. Our crappy photography doesn't do them justice at all.
On another note, a heads up, cheap drinks during Happy Hour at Monkey Hill.