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“Treme” Libations – Lolis Eric Elie, author of the “Treme” cookbook based on the HBO series

“Treme” Libations – Lolis Eric Elie, author of the “Treme” cookbook based on the HBO series

“Treme” Libations – Lolis Eric Elie, author of the “Treme” cookbook based on the HBO series

100512_Lolis_0148Lolis Eric Elie is a New Orleans native and was a writer and story editor for the HBO series “Treme.” He is also co-producer of the PBS documentary “Fauberg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans” with filmmaker Dawn Logsdon. Elie was a columnist for the New Orleans Times Picayunne. He is author of Smokestack Lightning: Adventures in the Heart of Barbecue Country and co-producer and writer of “Smokestack Lightning: A Day in the Life of Barbecue,” the documentary based on that book, and is editor of Cornbread Nation 2: The Best of Southern Food Writing. Elie is a contributing writer to The Oxford American, his work has appeared in Gourmet, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Bon Appetit, Downbeat and The San Francisco Chronicle.

Treme_COVLolis Eric Elie discusses and signs copies of Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans at Eatonville Restaurant for the Food & Folklore dinner series, Monday March 24 starting with a reception at 6:30 PM featuring “Treme” specialty cocktails. Eatonville Restaurant is located at 2121 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009. Reservations required – call 202-332-ZORA (9672). Download a flyer.

If you had a choice as to which “Treme” character you would cook with, who would that be? Who would you go out with and share a meal?

LOLIS: If I was going to cook with a “Treme” character, it’d be LaDonna. She knows the tradition and could teach me some of the dishes that my mother and grandmother raised me on.

Khandi Alexander as LaDonna, photo HBO

Khandi Alexander as LaDonna, photo HBO

If I was going to go out, I’d probably want to go with Creighton Bernette, John Goodman’s character. Though he only lasted one season, Creighton had profound and lasting influences as a voice of “Treme.” Talking to him about literature and culture would be fun.

John Goodman, photo HBO

John Goodman, photo HBO


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Read the complete interview on eclectique916.com, a cultural blog by Michon Boston.