The good news is that I’m working. The bad news is that I have no time to blog about the festivities of my day off. The 25th anniversary Red Dress Run began at 11:oo am. At least 10,000 people showed up in red dresses to support over 100 local non-profits and party in the streets all day and night throughout the French Quarter. The Hash House Harriers, a “drinking club with a running problem,” have raised more than $500,000 in the last 3 years. The run had an added sentimental value as “The Lady in Red,” the woman who accidentally inspired the event years ago, passed in April. For more history, information and photos, CLICK HERE.
The street was still jammed with approaching Red Dress runners when I left at 11:40ish. I could barely make my way through town for all the runners throughout the Quarter. When we headed across the Quarter for supper at 6:40pm, there were no taxis and many of the roads were still blocked or crowded with red-dressed people still partying since that morning.
Like most foodies, I’ve heard a lot about John Besh’s Restaurant August. James Beard Award winner, Besh, has turned his flagship restaurant (of 9) into a Gayot Top 40 Restaurant and a Top 100 Wine Enthusiast restaurant. In 2012 and 2013, August was nominated for the James Beard Outstanding Restaurant award.
With no time to recap the deeply satisfying, super-tasty, inventive yet classic flavor-fest, let me just say – get the gnocchi. The seasonal crab and Covey Rise heirloom tomato salad featured roasted avocados. Though I ate avocados all the time during my nearly 18 years in Los Angeles, I can honestly say, I never had it so good – my new favorite avocado preparation. The service was wonderful and after ate course after course, I had a food afterglow for hours.
And red-dressed people partied in the streets…