Hornets Players Serve Fans at Taste of New Orleans
By: Jim Eichenhofer,
March 22, 2011

As Hornets season ticket holders approached a food station near the center of the room at Harrahs Theater in New Orleans, they noticed that the man doling out samples of a dessert appeared to be significantly taller than the average waiter.

Wait a minute how tall are you? one middle-aged woman asked the server, as she was handed a sample of bread pudding from the popular New Orleans restaurant Galatoires. Im seven feet, replied Hornets center D.J. Mbenga.

Mbenga and each of his teammates were special guests and food servers at the annual Taste of New Orleans event presented by Harrah's New Orleans on Tuesday, March 22. The fun-filled event was open to all Hornets season ticket holders (who are now known as members of the Krewe of Hornets).

While Mbenga doled out dessert to Krewe members at one table, a few feet away, two-time All-Star forward David West mingled with fans and served food selections from New Orleans eatery Mr. Mudbugs. At another table, shooting guard Willie Green dished out soup from Palace Caf.

Along with Galatoires, Mr. Mudbugs and Palace Cafe, there were eight other NOLA establishments that participated, enabling fans to receive a delicious taste of some of the citys world-famous food. The list included Acme Oyster House, Bourbon House, Dickie Brennans, Eiffel, John Besh, La Carreta, Muriels and Pinkberry.

One of many highlights at Taste of New Orleans included a shrimp Creole cooking demonstration by New Orleans native and chef John Besh, who was recently named one of the top 10 best new chefs in America by Food & Wine magazine. There was also live music provided by Fritzels New Orleans Jazz Band.

Near the end of the event, a variation of the TV show Family Feud called Family Food in this instance was played. Among the competitors were Hornets frontcourt players Jason Smith and Carl Landry. Smiths team won the contest, earning two Krewe of Hornets members a trip to Las Vegas.


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