It is so easy in the Big Easy to find jazz and a jazz brunch on Sunday morning, even on the day of Super Bowl 47. I hate the use of Roman numerals for the Super Bowl. First, I realize it is a battle of two teams, but why the Roman numerals. I do not think the Romans numbered their lions or their Christians with Roman numerals when they placed them in the Coliseum all those years ago! No, my goal on Super Sunday, is to attend a good old fashioned gospel brunch.
They say gospel brunches are a rather new fangled gadget here in Nawlins. They say it gives a non-religious audience a chance to enjoy a delicious brunch while listening to some uplifting, soulful music on the day (Sunday, of course) that it was meant to be heard and appreciated.
We know by now, thanks to history books and the television spectacular, Roots, that gospel music formed its roots in the last century from old spirituals that gave hope and strength to slaves. The New Orleans version of gospel frowned upon any instrumentation aside from the soulful human voices from which it arose. This, in spite of the fact, that gospel music here adopted the mostly upbeat rhythms of Nawlins area jazz musicians. Additionally, choirs started on the small side, but grew over the years as it garnered more talented vocalists.
History tells us it was the incomparable Mahalia Jackson, the “Queen of Gospel Music”, born and raised in Nawlins, who stands so tall over gospel music here and everywhere. She formed the Zion Harmonizers back in 1939, and they still perform today. Even during the annual Jazz Fest, the Gospel Tent overflows with high energy, and new fans. The Nawlins radio stations keep gospel artists close to their audiences.
So, yes, the gospel brunch keeps me from having to track down an old rundown church in a forgotten art of town. The House of Blues on Decatur Street is one such place. So, here is the all you can eat menu:
Roasted Garlic Potatoes
Bacon & Sausage Links
Cheddar Cheese Grits
Scrambled Eggs with Chives
Assorted Mini Muffins and Danish
Fresh Seasonal Fruit
Biscuits with Country Gravy
Peel & Eat Boiled Shrimp with Spicy Cocktail Sauce
Cucumber & Tomato Salad
Vegetarian Cous Cous Salad
Cheesy Mac & Cheese
BBQ Rib Fingers
Baked or Fried Chicken with Jim Beam BBQ Sauce
Cole Slaw and Potato Salad
Carving Top of Round of Beef, Country Ham, or Turkey
White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce
Chocolate Brownies and Assorted Cookies
Unlimited Champagne Mimosas (I like this one the best)
Now, the trick will be to get in. The Sunday gospel brunch runs from 10am to 11:30am.
Another option is the Praline Connection. I may have to give that a try since House of Blues reputation for food is rather spotty.