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"Good people, good food, good stories. This book is Louisiana!—Jeffrey Marx, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Season of Life

 Tasty and amazing stories about our favorite subject, FOOD!” – Emeril & Alden Lagasse

"We eat, drink and tell the story of our lives, our loves, our hope, our dreams.  Sweeney-McDonald has hit upon the idea of putting this all in the pages of a beautiful glossy coffee table book....and this is a book that deserves to be read." - Samuel Bernstein, West Hollywood News

“Peggy draws attention not only to our food, but also to the people who make it part of the character of Louisiana.” —Chef John Besh, author of My New Orleans and My Family Tableamh

 “I'm laughing, I'm hungry, I'm happy - when is the next edition?”- Lally Brennan co-proprietor of Commander's Palace and co-author of In The Land of Cocktails

 

Passions of the Palate at the University of Southern Mississippi - April 14, 2014

posted Jun 4, 2014, 3:39 PM by Peggy Sweeney-McDonald   [ updated Jun 4, 2014, 3:59 PM ]


The students with Dr. Cathie Price, Peggy & the Chefs


Peggy Sweeney-McDonald recently brought a taste of Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde... to the 2014 Passions of the Palate at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on April 14, 2014. This festive and beautiful event is the annual fundraiser for the University's Hospitality & Hotel Management program.  This year was a New Orleans theme and Peggy was invited to emcee the event along with five New Orleans executive chefs from popular New Orleans restaurants. Three of the chefs were veterans of the Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde... live shows and featured in the Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde... Life Stories About Food coffee table/cookbook by Pelican Publishing. These include: Chef Michael Regua from Antoine's Restaurant, Chef Matt Murphy of The Irish House and Chef Alan Ehrich of The Audubon Institute. The other Chefs participating were Chef Guy Reinbolt of Broussard's Restaurant and Chef Austin Kirzner of Red Fish Grill.  

The two night event began on Sunday, April 13th, with a VIP party hosted by Dr. Cathie Price at her beautiful home in Hattiesburg. Dr. Price along with her students produced the event. Chef Tom Ramsey of Jackson, Mississippi prepared the delicious buffet for the party.

Chef Matt, Chef Guy, Peggy, Chef Austin, Chef Michael & Chef Alan

On Monday, the event began with a cocktail party, silent auction with passed appetizers and jazz band before moving the attendees into the beautiful ballroom at the Hattiesburg Convention Center. The New Orleans themed decor included a streetcar, beautiful mural of New Orleans along with Mardi Gras beads, street lamps and centerpieces with purple, gold and green beads and feathers.

The five course dinner with wine pairing was delicious with each chef featuring their signature dish. Peggy introduced each Chef and onstage they shared their inspiration of the dish along with stories of their food journies and the history of their restaurants including stories of Katrina, cooking for the Pope and what they served at the recent French Quarter Fest!  In between Peggy shared her journey of creating Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde..., food stories and, of course, memories of Cafe Du Monde

Peggy Sweeney-McDonald

After the event, Peggy and the chefs signed the Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde... books.  It was a fabulous night and the Louisiana team showed Mississippi how the good times roll!


Peggy, Chef Alan, Lindsey Hernandez and Sandy Carr



Introducing Savoring the Sweetness, Internet Food Talk Show with host Peggy Sweeney-McDonald

posted Mar 22, 2014, 12:19 AM by Peggy Sweeney-McDonald   [ updated Mar 22, 2014, 12:24 AM ]





We are excited to announce a brand new internet food talk show, Savoring the Sweetness hosted by Peggy Sweeney-McDonald, creator of the Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde... show and book. The 30 minute food talk show is produced by Pepper Jay of Pepper Jay Productions at the Actors Entertainment Network.  

Join Peggy weekly as she interivews chefs and foodie friends live on Thursday afternoons at 2:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.  The thirty minute show will explore our tasty tales, edible food journeys and shared passion for food. We will talk about cookbooks, favorite restaurants, new food trends, inspiration around food and more.  It can be viewed on www.savoringthesweetness.com.  


In the first three episodes, guest included Susan Irby, the Bikini Chef and cookbook author of The Bikini Chef Diet; Erika Penzer Kerekes, food blogger of In Erika's Kitchen and creator of the new delicious Not Ketchup sauces and Chef Richard Petty of Beyond Soul Food and the upcoming Red Yam Southern Grille

Upcoming guests include Los Angeles Chef John Handal contributor for the new Dopamine for Dinner - Malibu Recovery Cookbook; New Orleans native Chef Ryan Rondeno of Kitchen Surfing in Los Angeles; Average Betty and Lisa Annitti who inspired the Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde show with her now famous Coconut Pie and a Bottle of Wine food story. Join us for this festive food show where we will warm your heart and feed your soul!  Spread the word and like us on the Savoring The Sweetness Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @SavoringSweet


Susan Irby and Peggy Sweeney-McDonald

Susan Irby, The Bikini Chef & Peggy Sweeney-McDonald


Erika Penzer Kerekes & Peggy Sweeney-McDonald


Chef Richard Petty & Peggy Sweeney-McDonald



Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde at Chili Pepper Extravaganza - September 27-29, 2013

posted Sep 23, 2013, 12:13 PM by Peggy Sweeney-McDonald   [ updated Sep 25, 2013, 8:54 AM ]


We are excited to present five Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde... shows at the Chili Pepper Extravaganza at the New Orleans Convention Center September 27 - 29, 2013. This convention celebrates spicy food with competitions, cooking demonstrations and over 200 vendors.  It is produced by The Chili Pepper Magazine team.

Joining Peggy Sweeney-McDonald and Chili Pepper Magazine Editor, Rick McMillen is featured "Pepper Heads" sharing their food stories: Cindy Reed Wilkins of Cin Chili & Co., Johnny McLaughlin of Heart Breaking Dawns, Vic Clinco of Pepperboy, Keith Jenkins of Frog Bone, Thom Edwards of Captain Thom, Curtis Moore of The Praline Factory, John Hard - CaJohn's, Michelle Northrup of Intensity Academy, Steve Seabury of High River Sauces, and Stretch of Stretch Specialties. These stories will be festive and spicy! So join us on Friday, September 27th at 3:30 pm, Saturday, September 28th at 11:30 am and 3:00 pm and Sunday, September 29th at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.  Check out the bios/pictures of the storytellers on our Meet the Cast page on our website. The pdf of the schedule is attached below. See y'all there!



In March 2013, Chili Pepper Magazine featured and reviewed the Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde... book with Peggy's journey from inspiration to idea to shows to book, plus included 3 of the recipes from the book. In July 2013, Peggy wrote a feature article, "A Slice of Life" for the July Barbecue issue of Chili Pepper Magazine.  





Celebrating the 3-Year Anniversary Shows in Baton Rouge, Louisiana - May 19 & June 9 at Boutin's Restaurant

posted Apr 30, 2013, 9:34 PM by Peggy Sweeney-McDonald

MEANWHILE, BACK AT CAFÉ DU MONDE… the popular, unique, and festive food monologue show and now a best seller coffee table/cookbook is back in Baton Rouge for the 3 year anniversary shows, on May 19th and June 9, 2013 at Boutin’s Restaurant.

 

The Meanwhile, Back at Café Du Monde… premiered with Baton Rouge foodies in May, 2010 at The Myrtles Plantation and The Lyceum Ballroom.  Over 250 foodies have shared their food stories in shows throughout Louisiana, Mississippi and California. The coffee table/cookbook launched in September 2012, was created and edited by Peggy Sweeney-McDonald, with photography by Troy Kleinpeter. The book has received rave reviews from Emeril, Rex Reed, Jeffrey Marx - Pulitzer Prize winning author of Season of Life,, and has been featured in magazines, newspapers, radio and television throughout the country.

 

Humorous and heartfelt, these personal food stories all have the common thread of food – our culture and relationships, personal life stories, past love affairs and more. “We’ve all experienced the highs and lows of life, which mostly revolve around our food experiences,” says creator/producer Peggy Sweeney-McDonald, a former actress and veteran event producer (Superstar Events-LA), a Baton Rouge native, LSU Graduate and 15-year resident of Los Angeles, CA. “Everyone has their own “Café Du Monde” —the place where they know what they are ordering, they know it is delicious, and they know they are with good friends and family and for that hour, life is really wonderful!” 

 

Featured foodies/personalities sharing their stories include:

  May 19 Show:

Emcee, Chef Jay Ducote – Baton Rouge Chef/Culinary Personality & Host of The Bite & Booze show Talk 107.3

Smiley Anders – The Advocate Columnist

Jim Urdiales – Chef and Owner of Mestizo’s Louisiana Mexican Restaurant

Pam Bordelon – The Advocate Social Columnist – Pam’s Party Line

Karen Profita – Management and Marketing Advisor, Host of Saturday Style Talk 107.3

Bill Profita – Host of The Bill Profita Show on Talk 107.3

Jim Engster – Owner/President of Louisiana Radio Network & Host of The Jim Engster Show

Peggy Sweeney-McDonald - President of Superstar Events-LA, Creator of Meanwhile, Back at Café Du Monde

Show and Coffeetable/cookbook by Pelican Publishing


June 9 Show:


Emcee, Paul Arrigo - President and CEO of Visit Baton Rouge

Lisa Annitti - Actress/Production Accountant of ABC's Revenge

Missy Crews - Former Miss Louisiana and Director of Communications for the Louisiana International Film Festival

Gabby Loubiere - Owner of Brew HaHa Coffee House

Vanda Gray - Owner of Body Fit Pilates

Daron Stiles - Actor

Kat Rivera - Event Coordinator and Food Writer

Sean Rivera - Food Editor Dig Magazine Baton Rouge, Chef de Cuisine St. James Place

Myles Sweeney - Consultant & President of Myles Sweeney & Associates

John Gray - Music Educator and Musician - The J Gray Jazz Band, The Mike Foster Project, The Soul Juke BoxPeggy Sweeney-McDonald - President of Superstar Events-LA, Creator of Meanwhile, Back at Café Du MondeShow and Coffeetable/Cookbook by Pelican Publishing

 

The shows will be presented at Boutin’s Restaurant May 19 & June 9th with doors opening at 6:00 PM and the show beginning at 7:00 PM show - Tickets are $35 and include show, buffet dinner, coffee/tea, tax & gratuity.  A cash bar is available for purchase.  Located at 8322 Bluebonnet Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70810 Limited Seating.

For Reservations call (225) 819-9862 Website: www.boutins.com

 

  For more information on the shows and book, please contact: Peggy Sweeney-McDonald at 310-709-2851

  Email: peggy@superstareventsla.com websites: www.meanwhilebackatcafedumonde.com • www.superstareventsla.com

  Twitter: @BackCafeDuMonde

Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde... Moves to the Pacific Palisades - May 9 & June 15, 2013

posted Apr 25, 2013, 8:07 PM by Peggy Sweeney-McDonald

MEANWHILE, BACK AT CAFÉ DU MONDE… the popular, unique, and festive food monologue show is coming to The Oak Room at Steve's Deli in the Pacific Palisades, California May 9th & June 15th!

 

Humorous and heartfelt, these personal food stories all have the common thread of food – our culture and relationships, personal life stories, restaurant experiences, past love affairs, and more. “We’ve all experienced the highs and lows of life, which mostly revolve around our food experiences,” says creator/producer Peggy Sweeney-McDonald, a former actress and veteran event producer (Superstar Events-LA) and 15-year resident of Los Angeles, CA. “Everyone has their own “Café Du Monde” —the place where they know what they are ordering, they know it is delicious, and they know they are with good friends and family and for that hour, life is really wonderful!” 

  Featured foodies/personalities sharing their stories in the May 9th show include:

  Chance Batcheller – Account Executive, Santa Monica Seafood Company

  Norwood Clark – Owner, Uncle Darrow’s Cajun Restaurant in Marina Del Rey

John Dardenne – Actor/Comedian


Erika Penzer Kerekes – publisher of Erika’s Kitchen, Award Winning Family Recipe Blog

  Honey Labrador – Actress, Television Host (Queer Eye for the Straight Girl) and Film Producer (Spork)

  Party Charlie Scola – Hollywood Event Producer & Author of Party Planning Secrets 

  Peggy Sweeney-McDonald - President of Superstar Events-LA, Creator of Meanwhile, Back at Café Du Monde

Show and Best-Selling Coffee table/cookbook by Pelican Publishing

  Emcee is Michael Lyle - Musician and Emmy Award Winning Sound Artist

  The June 15th show cast will be announced soon!

6:00PM doors open; 7:15PM show - Tickets $25 and include show, dessert and coffee, tax & gratuity.

A Cash Bar & Limited Menu is available for purchase.  Located at 1035 Swarthmore, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Limited Seating – For Reservations call (310) 709-2851 

New Cast of Foodies at the Upcoming Show - April 15, 2013 at Tom Bergin's Tavern in Los Angeles

posted Apr 1, 2013, 10:39 PM by Peggy Sweeney-McDonald

MEANWHILE, BACK AT CAFÉ DU MONDE… the popular, unique, and festive food monologue show and now a best seller coffee table/cookbook is back in Los Angeles for more live shows!  After sold out shows in January and February, the show will be produced for an encore performance on Tax Day – Monday, April 15th at Tom Bergin’s Tavern which some consider to be L.A.’s own “Café Du Monde” celebrating with beignets and Irish Coffee!

 

Featured foodies/personalities sharing their stories include:

 

John Dardenne – Actor/Comedian

  Richard Hertzog – Longtime L.A. Foodie Committed to Eating the City One Bite at a Time

  Pepper Jay –Actress, Music/Film/TV Producer and the Publisher of the Actors Reporter

Honey Labrador – Actress, Television Host (Queer Eye for the Straight Girl) and Film Producer (Spork)


Britt Prentice – Television & Film Actor, Director, Host, Singer and Co-Host of Let’s Do Lunch at LA Talk Live


Party Charlie Scola – Hollywood Event Producer & Author of Party Planning Secrets


Peggy Sweeney-McDonald - President of Superstar Events-LA, Creator of Meanwhile, Back at Café Du Monde

Show and Best-Selling Coffee table/cookbook by Pelican Publishing


Emcee is Chef Darrell “Das” Smith, cookbook author Look Who’s Cooking Now, founder of the Beverly Hills High School Culinary Program, featured on the Food Network’s Next Food Network Star, the Oprah Winfrey Network’s Home Made Simple and was selected to prepare a luncheon for the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.

 

Humorous and heartfelt, these personal food stories all have the common thread of food – our culture and relationships, personal life stories, restaurant experiences, past love affairs, and more. “We’ve all experienced the highs and lows of life, which mostly revolve around our food experiences,” says creator/producer Peggy Sweeney-McDonald, a former actress and veteran event producer (Superstar Events-LA) and 15-year resident of Los Angeles, CA. “Everyone has their own “Café Du Monde” —the place where they know what they are ordering, they know it is delicious, and they know they are with good friends and family and for that hour, life is really wonderful!”  


6:00PM doors open; 7:15PM show - Tickets $25 and include show, beignets and Irish Coffee, tax & gratuity.

A Cash Bar & Full Menu is available for purchase.  Located at 840 South Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Limited Seating – For Reservations call (323) 936-7151 Website: www.tombergins.com

 


  

Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde...Show Returns to South in Santa Monica, California - March 18, 2013

posted Mar 12, 2013, 1:37 PM by Peggy Sweeney-McDonald   [ updated Mar 13, 2013, 1:51 PM ]

After sold out shows in January and February at Tom Bergin’s Tavern, we are heading to the Westside and partnering with the popular South Santa Monica Restaurant and Bar for a festive night of fun food stories on Monday, March 18, 2013!

 

Featured foodies/personalities sharing their stories include:

 

Chef Richard Petty – Cookbook Author of “Beyond Soul Food” and Radio Host of LA Talk Live “Let’s Do Lunch”

Michael Lyle – Emmy Award Winning Sound and Music Artist

Stephen Domingue – Owner of the popular Ragin Cajun food truck featured in The Food Network show, The Great Food Truck Race

Chef Jamal Gillespie - South’s Executive Chef

Lisa Annitti – Actress who inspired the show with her now famous “Coconut Pie and a Bottle of Red Wine” story

Peggy Sweeney-McDonald – President of Superstar Events-LA and Creator of Meanwhile, Back at Café Du Monde S


Emcee will be Adam Milstein, owner of South Santa Monica and The Garage Restaurant in Culver City. He is featured in the Meanwhile, Back at Café Du Monde book with his story, “A Bit of South in Santa Monica.”

 

Humorous and heartfelt, these personal food stories all have the common thread of food – our culture and relationships, personal life stories, restaurant experiences, past love affairs, and more. “We’ve all experienced the highs and lows of life, which mostly revolve around our food experiences,” says creator/producer Peggy Sweeney-McDonald, a former actress and veteran event producer (Superstar Events-LA) and 15-year resident of Los Angeles, CA. “Everyone has their own “Café Du Monde” —the place where they know what they are ordering, they know it is delicious, and they know they are with good friends and family and for that hour, life is really wonderful!”  

 

6:00PM doors open; 7:15PM show - Tickets $25 and include show, dessert, Coffee, tax & gratuity.

A Cash Bar & Full Menu is available for purchase.

South is located at 3001 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Limited Seating – For Reservations call (310) 828-9988  Website: www.southsantamonica.com

 

 

Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde... Keeps Rolling On with Great Press & Festive California Events

posted Feb 18, 2013, 11:55 AM by Peggy Sweeney-McDonald

It's been an amazing couple of months with fantastic features about the Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde... Life Stories About Food in Southern Seasons, Louisiana Cookin Magazine, Texas Home and Living and Chili Pepper magazines.

The Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde ... Life Stories About Food coffeetable/cookbook  by Pelican Publishing has been out for five months and the excitement and interest keeps growing every day.  Peggy has been back in Los Angeles since the end of December and starting in January, began Southern California book signings (Barnes and Noble), cooking demo events (Surfas Culinary District in Culver City and Costa Mesa), speaking engagements (Culinary Historians of Southern California) plus the Meanwhile... shows have been produced again with lots of new storytellers on board at Tom Bergin's Tavern.  We have another upcoming show at SOUTH in Santa Monica on Monday, March 18th and planning another show at Tom Bergin's for April.





Tom Bergin's Tavern Show - January 27, 2013
with Storytellers, Philip Dobard, Chef Johnnie Handal, Lisa Annitti, Lance Spellerberg, Peggy Sweeney-McDonald, Emcee - Susan Irby The Bikini Chef, Diana Zollicoffer and Theo Stephan



















Tom Bergin's Tavern Show - The Mardi Gras Show - February 11, 2013 with Storytellers, Melanie Elliott, Diana Zollicoffer,  Chef Das Smith, Lisa Annitti, Peggy Sweeney-McDonald & Lance Spellerberg, 


Meanwhile... Events Feb. 16th at Surfas Culinary District & Culinary Historians of So. California

posted Feb 14, 2013, 4:18 PM by Peggy Sweeney-McDonald   [ updated Feb 14, 2013, 4:18 PM ]

This Mardi Gras week be sure to wear your Mardi Gras purple, green and gold beads to the Surfas Culinary District - Culver City Test Kitchen (corner of Washington & National) from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM & let the good times roll. Join us for a café au lait as Peggy Sweeney-McDonald and her fellow New Orleanians return by popular demand! Peggy will be preparing the Jammin’ Jambalaya and Lime Parfait by Marlyn Monette from her best-selling book “Meanwhile Back at Café du Monde…Life Stories About Food”. 

What attendees say about her program in January:

"I loved your cooking demo yesterday at Surfas Culver City. It was very fun, educational, and great to get a chance to see you all in action!" - Chef Melinda Curtis

"Thank you so much for a delightful, entertaining, and enlightening presentation. It was a pleasure meeting you and being part of the audience today. You have a gift for making strangers into friends by being so inclusive in your speech and friendliness. I wish you well with your Meanwhile... shows, and look forward to meeting you again at another presentation." - Aloma Lively

This demo is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so be sure to arrive early for the best seats and enjoy a cup of Cafe Au Lait and a pastry from the Surfas Cafe.

Then join Peggy at the Friends of the Pacific Palisades Library & The Culinary Historians of Southern California for her presentation, "Cafe Du Monde,  Hubig's Pies and Louisiana Food Traditions & Stories" from the Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde...Life Stories About Food book.  The presentation is free and open to the public.  Seating is limited so arrive early at the Pacific Palisades Library located at 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA.






Celebrating Mardi Gras with our 1st Food Memory Contest!

posted Feb 4, 2013, 4:15 PM by Peggy Sweeney-McDonald

As we get ready to have the first Mardi Gras Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde... show in Los Angeles at Tom Bergin's on Monday, February 11th, I thought it would be great to remember our favorite Fat Tuesday food stories of King Cakes, Hubig's Pies, pots of gumbo and jambalaya, Popeye's Fried Chicken and more.  

To celebrate, we are having our first FOOD STORY CONTEST!  Please post your favorite food memory on the comments section under this post. I will be selecting the "Best Mardi Gras Food Story" on Mardi Gras, Tuesday, February 12th at 8:00 PM Pacific Time and will send the recipient a signed copy of "Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde... Life Stories About Food coffeetable/cookbook.  Please include your email address so I can get in touch with you. 

The Mardi Gras at Tom Bergin's Tavern will be sold out so make your reservations ASAP.  Tickets are $25 and include the show, beignets and an Irish Coffee.  Call 323- 936-7151 for reservations.  Full Menu and drinks available for purchase.  The address 
is 840 South Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA 90036.  For more information call Peggy at 310-709-2851.

Featured foodies sharing their stories at the Mardi Gras  show will be Tom Bergin's Executive Chef - Brandon Boudet and Operating Manager - Kat Witt, Lisa Annitti, who inspired the shows with her now famous "Coconut Pie and a Bottle of Wine" story, Actor Lance Spellerberg, who is featured in the book with his story, "Miss New Orleans", Adam Milstein - owner of SOUTH in Santa Monica and featured in the book with his story, "A Bit of SOUTH in Santa Monica", Brigitte Pailet, General Manager of Snookie's Cookies, Chef Das Smith - Founder/Director of Culinary Program at Beverly Hills High School, Melanie Elliott - Actress/Producer/Blogger, Wayne Bennett - Actor and featured in the Meanwhile book "Family Suppers", Peggy Sweeney-McDonald - Creator/Producer of the Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde... shows and book.  The Emcee will be Chef Jamie Gwen, celebrity chef and four time cookbook author, certified sommelier and host of Cooking and Wine with Chef Jamie Gwen live radio show - KFWB News Talk 980.



Let the Good Times Roll!


Lance Spellerberg, Mardi Gras 1995 

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