Discover the Flavor Down South Podcast

Discover the Flavor Down South Podcast

Welcome to episode #180 of Beyond Bourbon Street.

In today’s episode, we have a special guest, the creator of a new podcast that delves deep into the Flavor Down South.

Host Rudy Rayfield Jr. explains the concept of this new venture and how he hopes to bring attention black owned restaurants and hospitality businesses throughout the Southern United States.

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The Historic New Orleans Collection

Support comes from The Historic New Orleans Collection, the city’s premiere history museum, located at five twenty Royal Street in the heart of the French Quarter.

Check out their online publication called First Draft. Its’ a combination blog and online exhibition space.

Support comes from The Historic New Orleans Collection, the city’s premiere history museum, located at five twenty Royal Street in the heart of the French Quarter. 

Check out their online publication called First Draft. Its’ a combination blog and online exhibition space.

On April 28, 2023 HNOC will present an exhibit about women’s right to vote. Titled, Yet She Is Advancing”: New Orleans Women and the Right to Vote, 1878–1970.

The 19th amendment granted American women the right to vote, in 1920,  but Louisiana laws effectively disenfranchised Black women. 

As many white women began going to the polls and increasing their political participation in segregation-era New Orleans, African American women continued to fight for access to the ballot. From paying their poll taxes to organizing voter registration drives, Black women challenged their status as second-class citizens up to and through the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

This exhibit tells a decades-long story through objects, images, documents, and interactive displays—and through the words of the New Orleans women who for nearly 100 years persisted in their struggle to obtain the vote.

As always, the Historic New Orleans Collection is free. It’s somehow continues to fly under the radar, but should not be missed.

Go to to plan your trip.

Two Chicks Walking Tours

March 2023 marks the return of Two Chicks as a sponsor of Beyond Bourbon Street. 

Long time listeners probably remember the crew over at Two Chicks operates intentionally small public walks (14 guests compared to 28 so half the size of the city ordinance) seven days a week. These experiences are focused in the Garden District and French Quarter neighborhoods.

They’re also producing private curated walks for groups sized 1 – 200 when called upon. While the team is female lead they do have a rooster strutting around and there are tour guides from before the lockdown still on staff!

Find out more at Two Chicks Walking Tours. Use the code BEYOND and get 15% off.

Liz Wood Realty

The most frequent questions I get are about moving to New Orleans. If you are ready to make the move, you need a good realtor.

That’s where Liz Wood comes in.

Let Liz and her team over at Liz Wood Realty help you find the right place. They can help whether you plan to rent or purchase

New Orleans is a terrific city, but choosing the neighborhood that’s the best fit for you can be overwhelming.

Liz makes the process fun and easy. Reach out to Liz at and make your dream of living in New Orleans a reality. Several members of our community have done just that and are thrilled with their new homes You will be, too!

The other thing that sets Liz apart is what she does after she helps you find a home. Liz does a great job at building community and helping you get connected with people in your new area. When you’re ready to make New Orleans home, reach out to Liz.

Tommy Manzella at Gulf Coast Bank & Trust

While you are working with Liz you probably need to secure financing. Reach out to Tommy Manzella at Gulf Coast Bank & Trust and let him help you get everything in place. We’ve personally worked with Tommy and found everything to be straightforward and easy.

Beyond Bourbon Street Book

I have a book! The Beyond Bourbon Street Insider’s Guide to New Orleans officially released on May 1, 2022.

You can find it online at major retailers like Amazon, Bookshop, Barnes and Noble, and more.

In New Orleans, Octavia Books, Blue Cypress have it, as well as The OW, a store located at 2850 Magazine, Fleurty Girl in the French Quarter has it, as does NOLA T-Shirt Club on Magazine.

NOLA T-Shirt Club also has copies available in their online shop, and those are autographed by me. Some are signed by my girls as well, who played a big part in bringing the book to life.

You can also order a personalized copy directly from me. Send an email to and put ‘book purchase‘ in the subject line.

If you love the show, the, podcast, and New Orleans, please consider picking up a copy. For more on the book, check out episode 157.


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