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Louisiana Crawfish Aquaculture is largest by far in US

Posted by Karen Hales on May 11 2018

Rice paddys and crawfish farms go together like rice and étouffée

Agriculture is the practice of breeding, rearing, and harvesting fish, shellfish, plants, algae and other organisms in all types of water environments. On the East Coast, paddy fields and mangrove fields are converted into shrimp farms, while the West Coast, which protects mangrove fields, is more likely to convert idle plantations or paddy fields into shrimp producing fields.

The rice industry traveled south from the Carolinas to Louisiana with Acadian settlers. In Louisiana, rice paddys (an irrigated crop) are often converted to crawfish farms. (Photo by New York Times)

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Topics: Gulf Seafood, crawfish season, seafood, boiled crawfish, Wild Louisiana crawfish, louisiana crawfish, best crawfish in new orleans

Pinch A Palooza Festival 2018 Releases Event Day Schedule

Posted by Karen Hales on Apr 06 2018

METAIRIE, LA. —(April 6, 2018)—Deanie’s Seafood has released the event schedule for its free all-day outdoor crawfish festival, Pinch A Palooza, which takes place from noon to 8 p.m., Sun., April 22 at Deanie’s Seafood Market & Seafood Restaurant in Bucktown, 1713 Lake Ave. The event features five bands, including headliners Cowboy Mouth, kids' and adults’ crawfish eating contests, and a variety of activities and crawfish specialities.

The 9th-annual Pinch A Palooza Festival & Crawfish Eating Contest kicks off with a noon performance by local four-piece classic rock band Roux the Day. At 1 p.m., kids 6 to 12 years old get to test their mettle at competitive eating during the second-annual Pinch A Palooza Junior Crawfish Eating Contest.

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Topics: Louisiana Crawfish Awareness Month, Louisiana crawfish festival, New Orleans festivals, crawfish festival, free crawfish festival

Become Pinch A Palooza Festival Sponsor

Posted by Karen Hales on Apr 05 2018

For the past nine years, Deanie’s has presented the Pinch A Palooza Festival & Crawfish Eating Contest, a free family-friendly crawfish and music festival at Deanie’s original location in Bucktown. Each year Pinch A Palooza draws several thousand seafood lovers in the Greater New Orleans area and donates to great causes.

The 9th-annual Pinch A Palooza Festival takes place from noon to 8 p.m., Sun., April 22 and includes performances by great local bands such as the Bucktown All-Stars, Top Cats, Roux the Day, Vince Vance & the Valiants and Cowboy Mouth. We’ll also be entertained by the 610 Stompers and the 9th-annual Pinch A Palooza Crawfish Eating Contest, as well as our second Pinch A Palooza Junior Crawfish Eating Contest.

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Topics: New Orleans festival season, New Orleans music festival, New Orleans festivals, crawfish festival, free crawfish festival

Pinch A Palooza Crawfish Festival Returns April 22

Posted by Karen Hales on Mar 28 2018

Crawfish Eating Contests for Kids and Adults; Cowboy Mouth Headlines 

METAIRIE, LA. —(March 28, 2017)—Just in time for crawfish season, Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant presents the 9th-annual Pinch A Palooza Festival & Crawfish Eating Contest on on Sun., April 22 at Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant & Seafood Market in Bucktown. Pinch A Palooza 2018 will feature live performances by The Topcats, Bucktown All-Stars, Vince Vance & The Valiants, Cowboy Mouth, and more—plus the 9th-annual Pinch A Palooza Crawfish Eating Contest.

The free outdoor seafood festival takes place from noon to 8 p.m., Sun., April 22 at Deanie’s Seafood’s original restaurant and seafood market in Bucktown, 1713 Lake Ave., Metairie. Admission is free.

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Topics: Pinch A Palooza, crawfish season, New Orleans festival season, best crawfish in new orleans

Deanie’s Announces Pinch A Palooza 2018 Lineup

Posted by Karen Hales on Mar 21 2018

Crawfish Eating Contests for Kids & Adults, Cowboy Mouth Headlines 

Deanie's presents a full day of free live music, activities and fun during its annual crawfish extravaganza, Pinch A Palooza Festival & Crawfish Eating Contest 2018 from noon to 8 p.m., Sun., April 22 at Deanie's in Bucktown. The lineup features rock covers by local favorites The Top Cats; rock, soul & funk with Bucktown All-Stars; classic rock by Roux the Day, New Orleans originals from Louisiana Hall of Fame Inductee Vince Vance & The Valiants; Cowboy Mouth and more! Pinch A Palooza 2018 will be emceed by New Orleans artist, comedian and host Johnny Rock and feature a performance by the all-male dance krewe the 610 Stompers, who appear on the Pinch A Palooza stage for the 7th consecutive year.

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Topics: crawfish season, New Orleans music festival, crawfish festival, free crawfish festival, best crawfish in new orleans

Deanie's Holiday Kids Sing-Along & Breakfast with Santa

Posted by Karen Hales on Dec 01 2017

Enjoy New Orleans' liveliest Breakfast with Santa in THE French Quarter

NEW ORLEANS —(November 29, 2017)—Beginning next weekend, Deanie's in the French Quarter will deliver New Orleans' liveliest breakfast with Santa and holiday music show for kids, Deanie's Seafood's Holiday Kids Sing Along & Dance Party with Vince Vance. Deanie's Holiday Kids Party features a buffet breakfast, photos with Santa, face painting, arts & crafts, and a fun holiday sing-along and performance with Vince Vance & The Valianettes.

Offering four shows in December, the party takes place at Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant in the French Quarter, 841 Iberville St., from 9  to 11:30 a.m.,  Dec. 9-10 & Dec. 16-17.

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Topics: Vince Vance Kids Holiday Sing-Along & Dance Pa, Family Friendly, Breakfast with Santa, Vince Vance, French Quarter holiday events, Deanie's holiday kids program

Our Lil’ Bit Crawfish Set Makes Great Holiday Gift Idea

Posted by Karen Hales on Nov 27 2017

Holiday Special: Toy cRAWFISH BOIL kit just $25.95 for Christmas

Deanie’s Seafood has a great gift idea for all the budding chefs on your holiday gift list! Every child in Louisiana will love Deanie’s Seafood’s Lil’ Bit Crawfish Boil Set, available at both Deanie's restaurants in New Orleans or by phone. The adorable toy crawfish boiling kit from New Orleans' favorite seafood restaurant features the Deanie's Seafood logo with its iconic red crawfish. 

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Topics: holidays, crawfish boil, Christmas gifts, holiday gift ideas, kids gift ideas, great gift ideas

Deanie’s Seafood to open third location on Magazine Street

Posted by Karen Hales on Nov 16 2017

Favorite New Orleans’ Seafood Restaurant joins Garden District

New Orleans−Nov. 8, 2017−Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant will bring classic New Orleans fare to the Lower Garden District when the family-owned restaurant opens its third location in spring 2018. Deanie’s on Magazine will be located at 2200 Magazine St., a corner building at Jackson Avenue. The two-story building features a spacious wrap-around balcony for outdoor dining with a nice view of Uptown and the New Orleans skyline. The restaurant seats approximately 200 guests.

Deanie’s on Magazine is Deanie’s Seafood’s first new location since Deanie’s in the French Quarter opened in late 2001 in the former D.H. Holmes Department Store annex at the corner of Dauphine and Iberville.

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Topics: Deanie's, Deanie's Seafood, New Orleans best seafood restaurant

Best Happy Hour in NOLA at Deanie's in Bucktown!

Posted by Karen Hales on Oct 12 2017

Half priced drinks and appetizers during WEEKDAY HAPPY HOUR

METAIRIE, LA. —At Deanie’s Seafood in Bucktown, happy hour has never sounded so good. Join us Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. at our Lake Avenue location in Metairie for a happy hour you can't resist. Join us for 1/2 price appetizers, draft beer, house wines by the glass and mixed drinks (well brand), available in the restaurant and bar.  Fill up on our ½ price appetizers such as our famous fried onions rings, fried artichoke hearts, stuffed artichoke and Trio of Soups - crawfish bisque, seafood gumbo, soup of the day. Since October is National Seafood month, you’re in for a treat. Try our popular New Orleans BBQ Shrimp, fried or sauteed crab claws, Deanie’s original crabmeat or crawfish nachos, stuffed artichoke, stuffed mushrooms, crispy calamari, and mouth watering fried crawfish tails.

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Topics: New Orleans, Bucktown, Deanie's Seafood, Deanie's in Bucktown, happy hour, happy hour new orleans, half price appetizers, new orleans happy hour

Deanie's Seafood's French Quarter Holiday Private Party Venue

Posted by Karen Hales on Oct 05 2017

Book by Dec 1 and enjoy free appetizer course or bar upgrade

With the fall season rolling in, the holidays will be here before you know it! Whether you're planning a holiday office party, association meeting or celebration with family and friends, Deanie’s Seafood offers many options including seated dinner, buffet and cocktail reception menus. With its festive holiday decorations, great food and drink, and diverse menu of tasty seafood items and Creole specialties, your guests will love their experience at Deanie's Seafood in the French Quarter. Book your event now to receive a free bar upgrade or appetizer course!

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Topics: holiday parties, private party, holiday office party, french quarter private party venue, christmas office party, new orleans private party venues


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