Joe Krown, Lolis Elie, Chef Blanchard Guest at Buffa’s 12/22 Treme Viewing Party

There are only two episodes left of HBO’s Treme series. It has been a fun and interesting four years having the HBO crew in town, painting a picture about life in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina for the (televised) world. This Sunday, December 22, the second-to-last episode of Treme airs at 8 p.m. (central) and the legendary little music joint, Buffa’s Lounge on Esplanade Avenue, once again hosts their free public viewing party. This Sunday’s edition though will feature some very special guests in the house, making for a surreal viewing experience.


Joe Krown

Chuck Rogers and the good folks at Buffa’s have organized the appearance of some of the show’s featured artists for December 22, including keyboardist Joe Krown, Treme contributing writer and historical consultant Lolis Elie and chef Jacqueline Blanchard (whose likeness Janette’s character is based on) of John Besh’s famed Restaurant August.


Lolis Elie

Joe Krown and special guests will perform live on the intimate stage of Buffa’s Back Room, while Elie and Blanchard sign copies of Elie’s Treme Cookbook (in which Blanchard has a few recipes). Blanchard will also serve as guest chef in the Buffa’s kitchen on Sunday, whipping up her Korean Chicken & Waffles and collard greens for Buffa’s dinner specials. Treme Cookbooks and Buffa’s recently released CD, Live From The Back Room, will be available for sale.

As always, admission is free on December 22 and Buffa’s will screen Treme at 8 p.m. and again at 10 p.m. Live musical performances begin at 7 p.m. and run between screenings until Midnight. Full kitchen and cash bar available. But like most good things in New Orleans, the space is intimate, so early arrival is suggested. Buffa’s Lounge is located at 1001 Esplanade Avenue in the Marigny.

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Chef Jacqueline Blanchard