T H E BU D R E P O R T
THE TA S T E BUD S
TOP: BOBBLE HEADS OR WOODEN
HEADS? YOU DECIDE!
LEFT: GARY, GREG & HANS CHECK OUT
SOME GREAT LOUISIANA SHRIMP.
FRIENDS HELPING FRIENDS...BUDS HELPING BUDS
IT’S MORE THAN just three chefs. our great state - music, spirit, Our mission:
The Taste Buds - Greg Reggio, generosity and delicious,
Pay it Forward - we may need a hand in
Gary Darling & Hans Limburg - wholesome Louisiana Seafood.
formed their culinary team and
Pay it Back - thanks to those who’ve
friendship over 20 years ago. Now
helped us in the past;
they have joined together with
Lift Spirits - care for those in need
volunteers and Louisiana
businesses to spread the wealth of
TUSCALOOSA MAY 12 LIUZZA PALOOZ A MAY 15 JUMPIN’ FOR JOPLIN JUNE 7
CROWDED THE MINUTE THE GATES OPENED SUPER JIM KNOWS GATORS
CHEF DUKE WITH SCOTT & STEPHEN BALLARD
Dolph Federico sent a text to Greg Reggio:
“You ready to put your plan into action? Tuscaloosa Aid...”
Trailer Repair. Five thousand
dollars worth of brand new toys from
the Chef Duke’s Foundation for
Kids were included in the shipment.
Jim “Superman” Besselman of
Ernst Cafe provided transportation,
cooking equipment, labor, beverages
May 11 through 12, 2011 and logistics. Dolph Federico of
THE “VITTLE & FIDDLE” event in Pelican Events lined up “Amanda
Tuscaloosa came about quickly. Shaw & the Cute Guys”. His
Transportation, equipment, food, company provided the staging,
funding and volunteers as well as a generator and stage crew members
venue for the event were all secured in Danny Salzer & Paul Dugas.
record time. Gambel Dolph also coordinated lighting and
Communications’ Emily sound through Tim Kilbride of
Schmidt along with Taste Buds’ Sound Source. Mike Duke and
marketing team Nancy Jeansonne Earl Lennie teamed up as the sound
and production crew. Amanda and her
SEEING THE DESTRUCTION FROM THE band donated their performance and
TORNADOES REALLY BROUGHT BACK transportation was provided by
MEMORIES OF KATRINA.... WE WERE Benny & Mike Burst. Volunteer
COMPELLED TO REACH OUT TO THE transportation and support were
PEOPLE OF ALABAMA & MISSOURI
spearheaded by State Machinery’s
Ed Renton and his luxury LSU
& Jamie Montero handled PR, motor coach. There was plenty of
media coordination and got the word legroom for our travelers thanks to the
out quickly that Zea & Semolina RV rented by Lawrence Trunk from
would serve as drop off points for Artie Lawson’s RV Motorhome
clothing, toys & tool donations. Paul Rentals of Louisiana at a deeply
Guille and Jerry Peters from discounted rate.
Southern Eagle provided giant
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banners for the two 53’ long tractor
trailers that were ﬁlled and transported
to Alabama thanks to caring New
Orleans residents, Ronnie Mains of
Cross Road Centers and Jack
Tolley of Jackson’s Truck and
Tuscaloosa police Chief Steven D. Anderson
takes a break from Alabama’s tornado
recovery and enjoys a sample
of Louisiana Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya.
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Once on site, participants were kept cool
& comfortable thanks to the tents by
Jack Owens’ New Orleans Party
Rental, tables by Jim Perrier at
Perrier Party Rentals and water
donated by Nick Hazard of Crescent
Crown Distributors. Midtown
Shopping Center provided the
wonderful venue and accommodating
staff. Captivating photography was taken
by Robert Giancontieri and the video
documentary was personally handled by
ﬁlmmaker Steve Scafﬁdi of Ghost
Rider Pictures. Other volunteers
included Drago’s Freddie McKnight,
Will Love & Richard Elvey of
Ernst Cafe, Todd Fernandez,
Jenny LaBella, Stacy Burst, John
Zimmerman with daughter
Taylor, David Haik, John
Hollander, John Eastman of
THANKS TO ALL OF OUR
GREAT FRIENDS, VOLUNTEERS,
DONORS AND SPONSORS WHO
MAKE IT ALL COME TOGETHER
Auto Chlor, Woody Valls of
ComOne, Randy Stein of Mr. B’s,
Chef Duke Locicero of Cafe
Giovanni, Dennis Banquer, Alan
Guilbeau, Scott Ballard and
Stephen Ballard of PJ’s Coffee &
Tea Company. Zea Birmingham
General Manager David Cross with
E R I C S TO ULIG
son Ethan Cross - a University of 1959-2011
Alabama student - along with Ryan
Danforth, Kyle Dahlmann and
Josh Allen and Becky Payne all Please remember to keep in your
prayers Tuscaloosa volunteer and friend
from Zea Restaurant’s location in Eric Stoulig, his wife Natalie as well as
Mobile, Alabama rounded out the sons Chad & Cory.
Eric volunteered for the Tuscaloosa trip
and sadly passed away on May 25, 2011
at the too-young age of 51.
Eric will be greatly missed and forever
in our thoughts.
Liuzza Palooza was one of the best festivals ever.....ya’ll
should do this every year...... (facebook member comment)
on February 5th he was involved in a
violent car crash - a victim of a drunk LiuzzaPalooza Major Sponsors
driver traveling 80 miles per hour.
May 15, 2011 Proceeds from the event shall be used
to pay for Mike’s rehabilitation and
IT’S NOT OFTEN A SINGLE day, six
expenses related to his hospitalization.
hour festival is as successful as
“LiuzzaPalooza.” The Sunday event was Michael has made incredible progress
blessed with some of the best weather over the last few months. Please
of the year, had the friendliest crowd of continue to pray for his continued
generous participants and raised over recovery.
$130,000 for Michael Bordelon - co-
owner and proprietor of Liuzza’s Mid-
City Restaurant. Mike, his mother, sister
and other family members have
provided locals and tourists alike with
great food and great company. Like
many New Orleans businesses, Liuzza’s
LiuzzaPalooza takes its name from
Lollapalooza - a 20th century
American idiomatic phrase
meaning "an extraordinary or
unusual thing, person, or event”
was severely damaged by Hurricane
Katrina, sustaining over nine feet of
water. Michael’s vision and sweat
restored the restaurant from the
ground up and brought back this great
New Orleans establishment. Tragically,
See all the sponsors at the end of this newsletter
LiuzzaPalooza! Even the name makes you smile! Over
3500 participants ate, danced and shared.......
Thank you to all who made this event VIP Tent brought to you by:
possible, especially the volunteers who Southern Eagle and Budweiser
worked double shifts without a break. The Chef Chad Gray and the Ritz Carlton
G OIN G S ON
following individuals are recognized for their
Paul Rotner, Lucien Gunter and Acme Oyster
superior commitment to the event: House
Jennifer Banquer Taste Buds Cooking Stage
David Blitch equipment courtesy of:
Chandra Cheﬁci Loubat Equipment Company
Sean Dowd C.A.S.H.’s Restaurant Equipment
Jim Besselman Ernst Cafe
Kyle Finke B ACK STAGE PASS
And all the bands.....
The Creole String Beans
Gideon & the Chimney Sweeps
Paul Varisco & the Milestones
Glen “GT” Taylor ALL I GOTTA DO IS DANCE
The Entire Bordelon Family
THE TASTE BUD STAGE
G R E G G I V E S J I M A S U PER GIFT
Less than a month after deadly tornados crushed Tuscaloosa,
Joplin Missouri was hit with a devastating twister.....
JUNE 6-8, 2011 decision. It was unknown if Gary would
REVELLING IN THE SUCCESS of be available for the three day trip. The
LiuzzaPalooza and a heartwarming relief relief effort would have to succeed with HELP A BUD....BE A
trip to Alabama, it was time to get some just two thirds of the Taste Buds at best. BUD... I’M A BUD!
rest. Gary was already out of town Greg contacted the team of partners,
sailing while Hans packed for his friends, volunteers, sponsors and
vacation. Although not set on the business leaders from prior events. Once
destination, Greg planned his trip for the again these “Buds” would be called upon
end of June. The Taste Buds were worn to assist. E-mails, texts, phone calls and
out - they needed some time off. Facebook requests went out - the
response was overwhelming. More good
Greg received a call from Mayor Mitch
news - Chef Gary Darling was available.
Landrieu’s ofﬁce requesting his 3 / 4 O F T H E AU TO - C H LOR TEAM
Once again the Taste Buds partnered Thanks to Owner John Eastman for
attendance at the NOLA Pay it Forward
with some great, like-minded businesses coordinating his local crew -
Fund press conference. Immediately
and individuals. They worked tirelessly Tim Bunyard, Bryan Kessler,
after, the mayor’s staff inquired if Greg
coordinating logistics, accommodations, David Cable and Rodney Hall.
was able to coordinate another Taste
menus, transportation, tents, stage, Eager and hard working, they were
Buds Mission to Joplin, Missouri. Joplin great addition to the team.
sound, music and the like.
had been struck with the deadliest single
New “Buds” were recruited. Nick
Zouboukos, C.E.O. and
ANOTHER MISSION? 14 President of Sysco Food
HOURS AWAY! HANS WAS Services New Orleans provided a
OUT OF TOWN & GARY refrigerated truck with driver, David
NOT BACK UNTIL 2 DAYS Favre, and fuel. Natalie Barranco,
BEFORE LEAVING.... C.O.O. of Calco Travel & Hotard
IT WOULD BE TOUGH TO Coaches contributed a tour bus and
GET DONE. arranged the donation of diesel from
Waguespack Oil. Jim
FROM N .O. TO MO.
Besselman and Dolph Federico
tornado in 50 years. One hundred ﬁfty We are honored to have
both stepped up big time -
three people perished, people were still Louisiana’s Finest - New Orleans’
AGAIN! Jim’s Ernst Cafe provided
missing and 37% of the city was Fire Department Capt. Kevin
equipment, labor and logistics. Dolph’s R. Williams, Oper. Hayden
destroyed. Brown, Fireﬁghter Ryan Mast
Pelican Events lined up Amanda
The city of New Orleans would send Shaw and The Cute Guys and and Jefferson Parish Fireﬁghter
Brent Barrios - as part of our
four volunteer ﬁremen (including one provided the staging & crew. Tim team. These gentlemen made the long
from Jefferson Parish), a generator and a Kilbride of The Sound Source journey to Joplin and were a
invaluable part of the mission. We
truck. Diesel fuel would be provided as provided the PA and stage gear. Ed look forward to their future
well. There was talk of paying for a Renton of State Machinery participation with The Taste Buds.
Here they present a special gift from
portion of the trip, although somewhat spearheaded band transportation New Orleans Mayor Landrieu to
unlikely as the NOLA Pay It Forward through Barry Butler of Butler Joplin Mayor Woolston.
Fund had just been established. The real Aviation and handled support. New Thank you to Mayor Mitch
Landrieu and his staff -
obstacle was the timing. Travel to Joplin Orleans Party Rentals provided the Brooke Smith, Mary Beth
needed to commence on June 6, 2011. tents. Romig, Paul Reeb, and Lt.
With Hans on his way out and Gary still Col. Jerry Sneed for their
not back, Greg had to make the help and resources.
“Jumpin’ for Joplin continued.....
Dudley Passman of New Orleans Zatarain’s prepared chicken THE CITY OF JOPLIN has a long road to
and sausage jambalaya. Creamy red beans & rice with grilled chicken were recovery. We appreciate being allowed to come
to your city under such stressful conditions.
also on the menu. The star of the show, without a doubt.......
Thank you to Rodney Jetton, Patrick Tuttle and
the Mayor of Joplin - Mike Woolston and his staff
- as well as the citizens for the warm reception.
We pledge our continued support to your
community. Thank you to the Hampton Inn
Fayetteville for the discounted rooms and Eddie
The crowd of over 1000 feasted on world famous Crawﬁsh Monica Jacobs for making the hotel connection.
from Kajun Kettle’s Pete Hilzim. Glenn Hogh, chef and owner of
Vegas Tapas Cafe, fed the band and expertly manned the pasta station.
NBC NIGHTLY NEWS featured our Joplin
Katy Casbarian of Arnaud’s donated their restaurant’s famous mission on their “Making a Difference” segment.
remoulade sauce to accompany the Taste Buds’ Special Boiled Go to The Taste Buds Facebook page for a link
Shrimp. Jumbo 16/20 count Louisiana shrimp were provided by Randy to the report and a link to the live interview by
WVUE Fox8Live. Look for links to WWLtv
Pearce of Doran Seafood. Randy also shipped 40/50 count peeled news coverage also.
shrimp destined for a hot cast iron skillet with Louisiana Oysters in an
etouffee. The Louisiana seafood ladened sauce was served over Black
Drum. Both oysters and drum were donated by Cliff Hall of New
Orleans Fish House. Mark Dixon, owner of Broken Egg Cafe
prepared the seafood etouffee. The pastry chef of Hilton New
Orleans Riverside, Chad Gilchrist, manned the prep kitchen
throughout the day.
Ewell Smith, Executive Director and Harlon Pearce,
President of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and
Marketing Board fully committed their resources to the mission.
Smith made the journey with the team. He worked hard throughout the
day and spread the word of Great Louisiana Seafood. Pearce, of
Harlon’s LA Fish, donated a horizontal tail cut of alligator, fresh
Louisiana crawﬁsh tails, live soft shell crabs, and fresh crab
ﬁngers. Sweet Potato Pecan Bread Pudding from Zea
Rotisserie Grill rounded out the meal. A pallet of bottled water was
provided by Second Harvest New Orleans.
Of course we relied heavily on the kindness and support of our many
volunteers who enjoyed snacks provided by Sean Dowd of T.A.
Dowd. Nick Hazard of Crescent Crown Distributors donated
LSU Water, Red Bull, Abita Beer, and Guinness beer for the
after party refreshments. Gina Lynch of Giaconna Container
surprised us with “The Taste Buds” logo cups. Our Calco/Hotard
driving team consisted of Gregory Hicks, Byron Dalton and Torris
The volunteer crew pulled it off again. Kudos to Jayne Bordelon,
Ashleigh Bordelon, Michael Besselman, Bill Besselman,
Grant Reggio, Ross Reggio, Will Love, Ross Vangeffen,
Wendi Folse, Courtney Wadenfuhl, Gina Lorio, Daniel
Salzer, Tristan Felding, Rex Marshall, Teresa DeVito, Ilene
Powell and her crew from Eureka Springs, for their tireless work. Thanks
to Chef Gary Darling for his dramatic photos and Grant Ingram
for his inspiring video log of the mission.
Just one man or company could not have pulled off the “Tuscaloosa Tornado Relief”,
“LiuzzaPalooza” and “Jumpin’ for Joplin” in such a short period of time. A Herculean effort
was required and everyone pitched in to make it a reality. Thank you to all who helped to
make each event a success!
LIUZZA PALOOZA CONTRIBUTORS
Aidan Gill For Men, Nathan Ales, Angelo Brocato Ice Cream, Art By Martin, Arts Kinetic,
Bruce Attinger, Audubon Dermatology, Audubon Nature Institute, Bayou Bicycles, Chef
John Besh, Besh Restaurant Group, Better Than Ezra Foundation. Bevelo Gas & Electric
Lights, Billy Joel, Blue Dot Donuts, Blue Frog Chocolates. Byron Bordelon, Frank Bordelon,
Jayne Bordelon, Leighton Bordelon, Lori Bordelon, Creative Hang-ups, FESS Security, Finn
McCool’s Irish Pub, Gators R Us, Gideon & The Chimney Sweeps, Gordon’s of Metairie, GW
Fins, Heather Elizabeth Designs, Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Hubig’s Pie, J Star Designs,
Jeanne Vidrine, Skip Jemmison, Jewels By Deerworks, Joey’s Paint & Body Shop, Inc., Jose
Balli, Juan’s Flying Burrito, Kit Wohl Knitzy, The Kupcake Factory, La Petite Grocery, Lake-
wood Golf Club, Chef Brian Landry, Leigh Reveley, SANDRA EPTON SID SERUNTINE’S
STUDIO, Michael Bordelon II, Michelle Bordelon, Ray Bordelon, Brigtsen’s Restaurant, Cafe
Du Monde, Chef Cynthia & Cafe Minh, Chef Adolfo Garcia, Rio Mar, La Boca, and a Mano
Restaurants, Cindy Pilates, Clay Creations, Creole String Beans, Dan Bess Debris Art, The
Dinner Belle, Dominique Giordano, Jewelry Design, Sean Dowd, Earthsavers, Raymond
Edler, Emeril’s Restaurant, Eugenia Uhl Photography, Joey Falcon, Dolph Federico, Limou-
sine Livery, Louisiana Children’s Museum, Chef Duke LoCicero, Max Loubiere, Rick and
Kathy Lovernick, Chef Chris Lusk, Chef Michele McRaney, Mellow Mushroom, Metairie
Cemetery, National World War II Museum, New Orleans Wine and Food Experience,
Michael Canedo, Mid City Yacht Club, Mike Remy’s Photography, NOLA Couture, NOLA
Hooping, NOLA Pilates, NOLA Tattoo, NOLA Tots, O’Henry’s, MidCityBurgers, Old World
Caster, One 2 One Salon, Pal’s Lounge, Paul Varisco and the Milestones with special guest
Luther Kent, Paris Parker Salon and Spa, Pascal’s Manale, Pat O’Brien’s, Bethany Paulsen,
Eric Paulsen, Pierce Carpentry, Pole Perfect Fitness, Chef Gunter Preuss, Propaganda
Group, Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group, Ramsey’s Diamond Jewelers, Don Randon, Dr.
Amy Reggio, Ron Reggio, Ed Renton, Ridgewalker Glass, Ritz Carlton, New Orleans Rock ‘n’
Bowl, Rockin’ Dopsie, Rue 127, Sabai Jewelry, Saltwater Grill, Sea Hagg Charters, Serenity
Day Spa & Gifts, Simon Antiques On Jackson, Slice Pizzeria, Solid Communications, Trey
Yuen, Cuisine of China, Twist Hats, Valence Consulting, Vega Tapas Cafe, Michael Patrick
Welch, Wild Lotus Yoga, William Grant & Son’s, Inc., Wise Buys, Ye Olde College Inn, Ze da
Liz/Lightworld, Photo Art, Zephyrs Baseball, Artie w/ RV Motorhome Rentals of Louisiana,
Kelly&Abide, Rent a Nerd, Robert Guthrie Gallery, Alan Guilbeau & Amy Smith of PJ’s
Co ee & Tea, Aushanda Williams, Zachy Cino, Nicole Alvarez, Chris Rodrigue, Annie Rodri-
gue, Alan Alvarez, Maiannna Alvarez. Frank Langenbacker, Ross Reggio, Grant Reggio,
Julia Reggio, Allen Banquer, Dennis Banquer, Kevin Guidros, Melissa Guidros, P.J. Archer,
Courtney Bivalacqua, Brinkman’s Menswear, Wines Unlimited, PelHughes, PrintAll, Garrity
Print Solutions, Louisiana Sportsman, Entercom, WWLTV channel 4, ClearChannel FOX8,
Gambit Best of New Orleans, Zatarain’s.
Film Crew: Al Pias, Steven Michael Sca di, Nancy LoCoco, Glen “GT” Taylor, Blue Stream’s
Blair Cottingham Ray Ziegler of RZI Lighting and Big Screen Ventures
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