Events: Downtown Development District Seeks Nominations for the 2018 Downtown NOLA Awards
The Downtown Development District is seeking nominees for the 7th annual Downtown NOLA Awards, created to celebrate honorees who have made an exceptional impact on the Downtown New Orleans neighborhood. The DDD requests submissions for nominations of individuals, organizations or businesses deserving of this prestigious recognition.
The DDD’s Downtown NOLA Awards Committee consists of a variety of Downtown leaders and DDD staff members. The Committee will review the nominations based on the evaluation criteria to determine the top five honorees. The Committee will accept nominations until 11:59 p.m., June 15.
The top five honorees will be announced to the public this summer and celebrated at the Downtown NOLA Awards celebration luncheon Sept. 28 at the Jung Hotel.
To be considered, nominees must meet one of the following criteria:
Downtown Inspiration – Downtown property owner, business, resident or worker who is a leader, collaborator and advocate for Downtown development.
iMinder – An individual with proven success in one of DDD’s core industries: arts-based businesses; digital media; or bio sciences.
Third Space – A third space (restaurant, bar, coffee shop, green space, etc.) that provides a creative environment for people to collaborate, work and network.
Development Project – An individual or organization that has completed a project that improves the quality of life Downtown.
Adaptive Reuse – Preservationists and owners of homes and businesses who keep the integrity of Downtown’s historic buildings, while modernizing them for reuse.
Facade Improvement Project – Building owner or lessee that has invested in improving the appearance of a building’s facade. The facade improvement must be a quality renovation that will enhance and be consistent with the historical design, materials and architectural character reflected in the original design of the building.
Public Improvement Project – A local public works project that improves the environment of Downtown NOLA.
Green Project – A resident, business or property owner that helps keep Downtown green.
Best Kept Secret – Presented to one of Downtown’s gems that is low profile, but deserves recognition for its programs, services or amenities it provides to the neighborhood.
The Downtown NOLA Awards was created by the DDD as an annual program to recognize exceptional accomplishments of Downtown property owners, businesses, residents, workers and organizations. It is in an effort to honor the people and places that inspire, innovate and integrate the Downtown NOLA brand into Downtown neighborhoods! To submit nominations visit downtownnola.com.
Downtown Food Hall: Long-awaited Pythian Market Opens
Dubbed an urban food collective, the 11,000-square-foot food hall Pythian Market has opened its doors at long last. The third of its kind in the city, the market is offering 11 new vendors. Fare from existing restaurants — like Caribbean-inspired 14 Parishes, Central City BBQ and Little Fig (an offshoot of 1000 Figs in the Bayou St. John) — is on offer. Plus there’s a whole new cast — like Cru, a fresh gulf seafood vendor; Fete Au Fete with Cajun and Creole comfort food; Kais’ Japanese fusion poke; Meribo Pizza; La Concinita; Poulet; and Roustabout Coffee Co. There’s also bar 1908 serving fast craft cocktails along with local classics. 234 Loyola Ave., (504) 605-0414, pythianmarket.com
Breakfast & Lunch: Atlanta-Based Deli Goldberg’s Fine Foods Opens Next to the Roosevelt Hotel
Opened recently in the CBD, Goldberg’s Fine Foods is a New York-style bagel shop and deli now occupying a 6,500-square-foot space next to the Roosevelt Hotel on Common Street. Known mainly for bagels and breakfast bagel sandwiches, Goldberg’s also offers other deli favorites like a hot pastrami sandwich, Brooklyn Reuben, Kosher tongue and chopped chicken liver. There’s also plenty of salads, wraps, platters and even desserts like hamentashen (a triangular-shaped Jewish pastry) and rugelach. Goldberg’s is open daily. 925 Common St., (504) 267-3564, goldbergbagel.com