Beyond gumbo: New Orleans restaurants rebound post-Katrina

August 27, 2015
By:Rebecca Santana, Associated Press

Talk to folks on the street about the "holy trinity" and you're as likely to get a lesson on onions, celery and peppers as you are Catholicism. That's New Orleans, a city where eating has long been a serious business.

But 10 years ago, that seemed imperiled. Hurricane Katrina and the levee breaches that flooded the coast threatened that rich culinary history. Restaurants were shuttered amid the chaos and destruction; waiters, bartenders and chefs — along with the institutional memory of the cuisine they held — dispersed across the country; customers were nowhere in sight.

There would be restaurants again, of course. But many wondered whether the food scene truly could recover and return.