SNAP Lunch Buddy program

The SNAP (Students and New Archives Professionals Roundtable) Lunch Buddy program will return for its second year to the 2013 annual meeting. Launched at last year’s San Diego meeting, the Lunch Buddy program was an informal program set up to facilitate networking and connections between new and established members of SAA. The Lunch Buddy program was started to assist first-time attendees with important opportunities for networking (e.g. coffee breaks, meals, etc). The Lunch Buddy program is entirely voluntary, and no one is obligated to attend all meals. Furthermore, the Lunch Buddy program is not restricted to lunches; last year the program was used for dinner, brunch, coffee breaks, and happy hours. The Lunch Buddy program sign-up sheet is located here:

Meals or meet-ups are suggested by a person willing to “lead” a group. The leader simply acts at the point of contact for the meal, s/he is not obligated to recruit attendees or pay the meal expenses of anyone other than him or herself. The leader selects a restaurant, a meeting place (the default meeting location is in the hotel on the first floor [near the escalators, across from the concierge desk]), a time, and contact information. Interested attendees then add their name to the list (which the leader can limit to any number of spots under 5 attendees). Restaurant listings near the hotel can be found at

The Lunch Buddy program was widely praised last year by all who participated. If you are interested, please sign up to host (or simply attend a meal) here.

We also highly encourage folks to check out the COOLinary dining promotion, which many fine dining restaurants participate in by creating an excellent and affordable prix fixe menu. Check out participating restaurants here.

For further information, please contact Eira Tansey at or

Information on Accessible Venues in New Orleans

For conference attendees with accessibility-related travel concerns, we’d like to share this information prepared by New Orleans’ Advocacy Center. These guides to popular local restaurants and bars provide information on the accessibility of entrances, interiors, and restrooms.

Accessibility Guide to Restaurants

Accessibility Guide to Bars and Music Venues

For information on public transportation accommodation, please visit this page. Taxi cabs in New Orleans are not typically accessible for those using mobility devices. If you need to arrange paratransit in advance, please contact Joe Watkins, RTA/Veolia, Paratransit Director. Phone: (504) 390-4712 and email:

Announcing the CoSA-SAA 2013 dining guide!

We’re thrilled to announce the arrival of the CoSA-SAA joint annual meeting dining guide! This guide contains over 100 listings for coffee, bars, and restaurants, all located within 2 miles of the conference hotel (Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras Street). All listings were personally recommended by members of the local arrangements committee. Where possible, we listed vegetarian-friendly restaurants and dishes we particularly enjoy.

If you’re wondering about a particular restaurant or recommendation, please feel free to contact local host committee blogger, Eira Tansey

There are three ways to access the dining guide:

On the web

Download the PDF

Online map


Websites and apps to help you plan your trip

There are many local websites and apps to help you plan your trip to New Orleans. Almost all of these websites also have Twitter feeds, which you can subscribe to in order to get up to date information during the conference. Here are a few to help you get started – and stay tuned on Friday, when we roll out the Local Arrangements Committee-endorsed dining guide!

Websites – The online presence for the Times-Picayune, lists many local events, news stories, weather forecasts, and restaurant and bar reviews. Apps also available.

Gambit – New Orleans’ alternative weekly has a great calendar of local events, music listings, restaurant and bar reviews, and local commentary. You can pick up paper copies anywhere in town, and also check out their website.

WWOZ – WWOZ, 90.7 FM, is our beloved local jazz and heritage station. In addition to streaming their music on the internet, you can check out the Live Wire, the massive listing of that day’s music performances. While it’s no substitute for listening to the Live Wire read on air (on some weekends, it can take the narrator about 10 minutes to get through all the listings), the Live Wire is the authoritative music listings guide, and as the good folks at WWOZ would say – “Now get out there, support, and make sure to check out some LIVE, LOCAL music!”

WWL Weather – National weather trackers can be somewhat inaccurate when it comes to tracking typical NOLA summer pop-up thunderstorms. Many locals rely on WWL Weather for a more accurate forecast.

Yelp – Yelp reviews for New Orleans’ restaurants and bars are very reliable, particularly if you pay attention to the reviews written by locals. There are also many excellent lists pertaining to New Orleans. Apps are also available.

Eater NOLA – Possibly the best dining and drinking website for the city. Eater is the first-stop for any news concerning restaurant and bar openings, closings, new staffing, and menu changes. Eater has three excellent guides that are frequently updated: the Eater 38 (featuring 38 restaurants that “provide a comprehensive picture of where you can get a great meal regardless of mood”) and the Eater Dining Heatmap and Cocktail Heatmap (guides to the most popular restaurants and bars of the moment).

Go NOLA – From the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, this app has dining, nightlife, and accommodation listings (which you can filter to show locations near you). This app features some excellent audio tours, narrated by famous New Orleanians. Wendell Pierce narrates the Treme tour, John Goodman – the Riverwalk tour, Patricia Clarkson – the Canal streetcar tour, Bryan Batt – Gay New Orleans history, and Soledad O’Brien – City Park. Android version. iPhone version.

The Historic New Orleans Collection – This app from The Historic New Orleans Collection features over 300 early 20th century photographs from the The Charles L. Franck Studio Collection. iPhone version.

New Orleans Historical – An incredible app dedicated to New Orleans’ history. Different historical pins show various historic sites on a map. Use the “show my location” to find pins near you, and learn more about the buildings and sites important to the Crescent City’s history. Also features many excellent historic photographs. Android version. iPhone version.

Side trip to Lafayette

Lafayette is the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun country, and the surrounding areas provide a lot of fantastic food and musical experiences. If your schedule and budget allows for a weekend trip before or after the joint annual meeting, I highly recommend visiting this area! I just spent the weekend there and had a great time. Except where noted, this itinerary is based on my actual trip, so I can heartily endorse everything listed. Just like in New Orleans, a lot of places are cash-only, so be prepared. Call ahead if you have your heart set on something to confirm opening hours and/or any needed reservations. Please note you will need a car for this itinerary. – Eira, local host blogger

You never know where you'll find music in Lafayette - we caught some great zydeco at this Juneteenth festival in a local park

You never know where you’ll find music in Lafayette – we caught some great zydeco at this Juneteenth festival in a local park

Friday evening – Lafayette:

Blue Moon Saloon, 215 E Convent St, Lafayette, LA 70501, (337) 234-2422,

The Blue Moon is a combination guest house and bar/stage in the back. This place is a total blast – call ahead to get information on any cover charge for the show that night. We had the great fortune to see one of my favorite musicians, Cedric Watson, while we were there. Music may start on “Louisiana time” – i.e., at least half an hour after the posted start time. Small bar with friendly bartenders in the back and lots of local beer (all bottle) options. For those of you who like to keep it divey, cans of Schlitz are $1.


Saturday – Lafayette:

For early-morning adventurers: Fred’s, 420 6th St, Mamou, LA 70554

Unfortunately I still haven’t managed to make it in person to Fred’s, but enough trusted friends and colleagues have praised Fred’s that it certainly deserves a spot on this list. Located in Mamou, about an hour from Lafayette, Fred’s is famous for its early Saturday morning (and I mean early! you have to get there by 8am) Cajun-music radio broadcast, which attracts tons of dancers, locals and tourists. From what I’ve been able to gather, drinking starts early at Fred’s and there isn’t much food unless the owner brings boudin – so you might want to pack a breakfast to eat en route!

For those who like to sleep in: French Press, 214 E Vermilion St, Lafayette, LA 70501, (337) 233-9449,

A wonderful spot for breakfast and to recharge your batteries after a long night of dancing at the Blue Moon saloon. I get the sense you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu here. I can personally recommend the Sweet Baby Breesus (picture sliders in the form of mini buttermilk biscuits with boudin and Steen’s cane syrup) – and it’s a great way to try out boudin if you’ve never tried it before! Like any good Louisiana brunch spot, they serve mimosas.

Sans Souci Fine Crafts Gallerie, 219 E Vermilion St, Lafayette, LA 70501, (337) 266-7999,

Located across the street from French Press, this shop features some fantastic (and many very reasonably-priced) items made by Louisiana artisans.

Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 710 East St. Mary Blvd, Lafayette, LA 70503, (337) 482-0811,

ULL’s art museum has a beautiful new building. When we visited, there was a traveling exhibit of woven artwork and tapestries, an exhibit of Louisiana folk art from the permanent collection, and an exhibit of permanent works curated by citizens from around Lafayette.

Cajun music jam at Vermilionville

Cajun music jam at Vermilionville

Vermilionville, 300 Fisher Rd, Lafayette, LA 70508, (337) 233-4077,

Vermilionville was the original name of Lafayette. This living history village has a number of exhibits, structures, and a garden you can visit. On our recent trip, we stopped by just for the weekly Cajun music jam. It is free to the public, this is a great chance to experience Cajun music in a very small setting. What I liked about the Vermilionville jam was the wide variety of ages present among the musicians – from children to grandparents. Well worth visiting!

Borden’s Ice Cream Parlor, 1103 Jefferson St, Lafayette, LA 70501, (337) 235-9291,

This old-school ice cream parlor has the distinction of being the last Borden’s parlor in the country. A very cool interior with great old photos on the walls. I highly recommend a chocolate malt – simply divine!

Artmosphere, 902 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70501, (337) 233-3331

Across the street from Borden’s. Stop by here for happy hour – lots of regional beers available, and a good covered outdoor porch. The outdoor tables are painted with chalkboard paint, so you can draw on them.

Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro, 507 W Pinhook Rd, Lafayette, LA 70503, (337) 706-8544,

Excellent place to go for a fancy dinner and great cocktails. Jolie’s sources most of their food from local farms.

Sunday – Breaux Bridge, Avery Island, and Henderson:

Cafe des Amis, 140 E Bridge St, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517, (337) 332-5273,

On Saturdays there is a very popular zydeco brunch, but Sundays is a bit more low-key (though there is still some great Cajun music!). I recommend the crawfish cornbread and shrimp and okra gumbo.

Jungle Gardens on Avery Island

Jungle Gardens on Avery Island

Tabasco Factory and Jungle Gardens, Avery Island near New Iberia,! and

There is a $1 toll/entry-fee to Avery Island. The Tabasco Factory visitor’s center and gift shop is open every day. Bottling only happens on certain days – when the factory isn’t operating, you can still look through the windows to see the equipment. Although it is an additional ticket fee, I recommend seeing Jungle Gardens on the other side of the island – amazing lush gardens and grounds, and you’ll probably see a gator or two. The gardens were created by one of the McIlhenny family members (the family behind the Tabasco brand).

Angelle’s Whiskey River Landing, 1365 Henderson Levee Rd, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517, (337) 228-2277,

This was one of the highlights of our recent weekend trip. Angelle’s can be a little tricky to find – when you get to the levee road (Pat’s is on your left), take a right, and it’s the third crossover (i.e. you drive up and over the levee). It’s got a great view of the Atchafalaya Basin. Sundays at Angelle’s typically feature some of the best zydeco you’ll find anywhere. On the Sunday we went, we were fortunate to catch Cory Ledet and Jeffery Broussard. While you can certainly watch from the sidelines, it’s far more fun to join in the dancing! The dancing is partner-based, and typically a two-step or a waltz. Here’s my pro-tip for figuring out the dances if you can’t find anyone to teach you (I bet anyone would have done that for us when we went, we were just being unnecessarily shy): look for any older gentlemen who might be changing partners every dance, moves around the floor a lot, but doesn’t do anything too fancy. Chances are it’ll be pretty easy to figure out his steps, and then you can get on the floor and have a good time too. If you don’t have a partner, people are pretty friendly and open to changing partners – just ask very nicely.

Pat’s, 1008 Henderson Levee Rd, Henderson, LA 70517, (337) 228-7512,

Pat’s has many seafood (‘swamp’ and ‘sea’) dishes. Stop here to refuel before coming back to New Orleans or going on to your next destination!


Big Guide: Frenchmen Street

Frenchmen Street is frequently called “the local’s Bourbon Street” because of its vivid and active music club scene. Located just past the French Quarter in the Marigny, Frenchmen anchors several blocks of bars and restaurants, many of which feature some of New Orleans’ best live music. If you only have one night to go ‘out on the town’ during the joint annual conference, Frenchmen is far and away your best bet. Frenchmen Street is less than 2 miles from the conference hotel. Walking is certainly doable (assuming you have comfortable shoes and have adjusted to the heat!). It is also a quick cab ride away, though be careful to avoid getting stuck in French Quarter traffic (Decatur Street often backs up on weekend evenings).

Visitor notes: Be prepared that many bars (and some restaurants) in New Orleans are cash-only. Some of the bars on Frenchmen charge a cover. For those that don’t, they often ask that you buy at least 1 drink per set. Also, it is customary in New Orleans for bands to pass a tip jar around the audience, particularly at shows without covers. Please consider showing your appreciation for some of our city’s hardest-working musicians by tossing in a buck or two when the bucket comes your way.

Music Venues

Maison, 508 Frenchmen St, 70116, (504) 371-5543 – Often has free acts. Great place to hear brass bands.
Blue Nile, 534 Frenchmen St, 70116, (504) 948-2583 – Venue that hosts many well-known local bands. Most shows have a cover.
Three Muses, 536 Frenchmen St, 70116, (504) 298-8746 – Wonderful tapas bar with live music and great cocktails.
Apple Barrel, 609 Frenchmen St, 70116, (504) 949-9399 – A small divey bar.
d.b.a., 618 Frenchmen St, 70116, (504) 942-3731 – Often has excellent acts like John Boutte. Frequently a cover for evening shows. Decent beer and whiskey selection.
Spotted Cat, 623 Frenchmen St, 70116, (504) 943-3887 – A must-see! Tiny free club with no cover (1 drink per set). You can even play some tunes on the piano in the ladies room.
Snug Harbor, 626 Frenchmen St, 70116, (504) 949-0696 – A more upscale jazz club.
Cafe Negril, 606 Frenchmen St, 70116, (504) 944-4744 – Often features reggae, serves food.

More coffee shops, bars and restaurants (some may have music, but not the primary focus)

Mona’s Cafe, 504 Frenchmen St, 70116 – Middle Eastern food with a small shop inside.
13, 517 Frenchmen St, 70116, (504) 942-1345 – Try the “tater tachos” (tater tot nachos) and the frozen Irish coffee.
Yuki Izakaya, 525 Frenchmen St, 70116, (504) 943-1122 – Japanese (no sushi) small plates good for sharing, and lots of sake.
The Praline Connection, 542 Frenchmen St, 70116, (504) 943-3934 – Many classic New Orleans dishes. Stop in to buy a praline, the city’s favorite candy, from the candy shop!
Adolfo’s, 611 Frenchmen St, 70116, (504) 948-3800 – Located upstairs from the Apple Barrel, Adolfo’s serves great Italian food. Please note that it is cash-only.
Cafe Rose Nicaud, 632 Frenchmen St, 70116, (504) 949-3300 – Good spot to grab coffee and a muffin in the morning.
Marigny Brasserie, 640 Frenchmen St, 70116, (504) 945-4472 – Brunch, lunch, and dinner.
Melange, 2106 Chartres St, 70116 – Just off Frenchmen Street. Good place to get a nice dinner before a show.

Other fun stuff

In addition to all the dining and music destinations, Frenchmen Street also has a few shops. And perhaps you can even get a tattoo to permanently preserve all your favorite NOLA memories!
The Junque Shop, 421 Frenchmen St, 70116 – Antiques shop with interesting finds.
Downtown Tattoo, 501 Frenchman St, 70116 – Newer tattoo shop on Frenchmen.
Faubourg Marigny Books (FAB on Frenchmen), 600 Frenchmen St, 70116 – Small LGBT bookstore.
Electric Ladyland, 610 Frenchmen St, 70116 – You’ll see stickers from this tattoo shop all over New Orleans.
Bicycle Michael’s, 622 Frenchmen St, 70116 – Planning to ride a bike while in New Orleans? Want to rent one? This shop can help you out.