Creole Culture & the Sausage King

the Sausage King of New Orleans
Vance Vaucresson
the Sausage King of New Orleans
Vance Vaucresson

The idea behind the Beyond Bourbon Street podcast is to bring you stories about the food, music, places, people and events that make New Orleans unique.  Today’s guest manages to cover all five of those things!


The Sausage King of New Orleans

In this episode, Mark sits down with Vance Vaucresson, president of Vaucresson Sausage Company. Vance’s company is the last of the original food vendors at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival, continuing the tradition begun by his late father, but that only scratches the surface. Vance is also a family man, a performer with a beautiful voice, and a student and ambassador of his Louisiana Creole roots.

Mark and Vance trace the Vaucresson family history from 19th century France to present-day New Orleans.  Learn how Vance’s father opened the first black-owned Creole restaurant in the French Quarter and was instrumental in the beginnings of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

The two also discuss present day festivals including the New Orleans Po-Boy Festival and BBQ and Blues, both coming up in October 2016.

Learn about the musical adaptation of Dan Baum’s book “Nine Lives” and gain some insight into the music culture of New Orleans. Along the way you’ll meet members of the Bouttè family as well as singer-songwriter and native son, Paul Sanchez.

All this and more on episode #20 of Beyond Bourbon Street!



You can contact Vance by email at

To purchase Dan Baum’s book Nine Lives, click here.

If you want to grab a Vaucresson sausage po-boy, be sure to check out the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival from October 14-16, 2016 or the Oak St. Po-Boy Festival on October 23, 2016.  You can also get a Vaucresson Sausage sandwich at The Backyard restaurant in the Lakeview neighborhood of New Orleans.  The Backyard was kind enough to allow us to record today’s episode in their place, so please let them know you heard the show!


Music and Videos

Here are several links to You Tube videos where you can see Vance and others perform:

At the Foot of Canal Street – performed by Vance Vaucresson, Paul Sanchez, Shammer Allen and friends.

Disrespect – Vance Vaucresson, Eric Bolivar, Paul Sanchez, Alex McMurray, Colman deKay and friends.  I’m pretty sure Vance’s two sons make an appearance on this one!

Hey Mr. Wil – Vance Vaucresson, Paul Sanchez, Colman deKay and friends.


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