Tailgating at the at Mercedes-Benz Superdome is always a big affair, but for 'Saintsgiving' Sommelier Jonathan Sanders and his friends went all out, bringing the equivalent of a full kitchen - including 2 deep fryers, a full oven and a barbecue pit - for their pre-game festivities.
Thanksgiving & the Saints: A perfect match
Saints fans from around the city combined their love of food and Saints football. The New Orleans Saints on Thursday, Nov. 22 hosted their first home game on Thanksgiving. It turned out to be quite the feast in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome as the Saints flattened division rival Atlanta 31-17. But we wanted to see how Saints fans outside the stadium were going to handle the collision of a national holiday and a weekly holiday, Saints football, so we sent photographers to different parts of the New Orleans area to chronicle the evening. We crashed house parties on the North Shore, Uptown and on the West Bank, we hit two bars in Algiers Point and we checked out the crazy tailgating scene outside the Superdome. We have photo galleries from all five locations and a video about some of the delicious food Saints fans were cooking on Thanksgiving. Enjoy and have a great Thanksgiving weekend.
New Orleans celebrates 'Saintsgiving'
Join us as we visited families all around New Orleans and see the food the whipped up for 'Saintsgiving' 2018.
For Boucherie Chef Nathaniel Zimet, one turkey wasn't enough for 'Saintsgiving' so he got two - a special 'heritage black turkey' from North Carolina and a de-boned, stuffed 'jerk' turkey of Zimet's creation - to feed friends, family and employees of his restaurants.
Seafood dressing and stuffed peppers and more were on the Black and Gold menus at Nakita Shavers house, where her family gathered all day to watch eat and watch Saints football.
Regulars at the Dry Dock Cafe and Old Point Bars decided to bring Thanksgiving to their favorite watering holes, with a potlock before the game and free shots after every Saints touchdown during the game.
Saints games and Thanksgiving are always a family affair at Charlotte Binnings' house in Covington and she brought out her family's oyster dressing recipe help feed all 18 relatives.