[Updated] On October 21, Rev. Ray Cannata, star of the upcoming film The Man Who Ate New Orleans, will complete his goal of eating at every restaurant in New Orleans. The documentary follows this New Jersey minister’s ambitious quest to eat at more than 700 establishments in slightly more than six years. The last stop on his long journey is Besh Steakhouse, and as it is a rather momentous occasion his “Last Supper” will be celebrated in style at the St. Charles Hilton, with entertainment by Rebirth Brass Band.
Though the film sounds rather gluttonous and decadent, the Reverend has a philanthropic purpose mixed in. Cannata and his congregation have helped rebuild more than 500 homes in New Orleans and the net proceeds of the film will go towards helping rebuild the next 500 homes, and the next, and so on and so forth. In a recent exclusive interview with Michael Dunaway, the Director and Producer of The Man Who Ate New Orleans, he made it clear that the film is a call to action and more of a Man v. Food meets Extreme Makeover New Orleans than a simply a documentary revolving solely around food. Dunaway explained, “We are at a crucial point in post-Katrina New Orleans because the sense of immediacy in the rest of the country about saving the city is fading fast, but there are still years and even decades of work left to do. I want viewers to get a renewed sense of urgency about rebuilding New Orleans.”
To help in their rebuilding efforts, “The Last Supper” will be a benefit, as evident by the partially tax deductible ticket. Attendees will be the first to see a short from the documentary, and the event will serve a steak dinner with wine pairings, catered by Besh Steakhouse. Tickets are $200 per person and are available online.
Update September 23, 9:25 a.m.
In a comment below, Rev. Cannata says that he and his congregation worked on more than 500 houses; they didn’t “rebuild” more than 500 houses as first reported.