In New Orleans’ celebrated style, cuisine and culture go hand in hand. Native to Louisiana, both the Cajun and Creole cultures are synonymous with vibrant music and flavourful cuisine.  Cajun refers to the French Arcadian settlers’ influence, while Creole encompasses the melting pot of European and African, Caribbean or Hispanic culture and heritage that contributed to the evolution of New Orleans’ lifestyle, music, art and food. The Avalon’s culinary team, led by restauranteurs David Cartwright and Dylan Brookes, are taking up the challenge to bring you heart-warming New Orleans Cajun style cuisine.

In the old French Quarter of New Orleans, Frenchmen Street is a lively hub of authentic music venues and gastronomy. Just returned from a musical sojourn in New Orleans,  Blue Mountains virtuoso saxophonist Jason Thornton has devised a show called “A Stroll Up Frenchmen Street”, capturing the truly visceral experience that is music in the Birthplace of Jazz, New Orleans.

Joining Jason is Ray Alldridge (Galapagos Duck), who is right up there with the very best pianists in Australia. He is a great arranger, and vocalist’s musical director. A joy to listen to, always imaginative and innovative in his solos. Both add their own life-long love of jazz and blues into the mix, making this a truly unmissable show by hugely skilled entertainers.

‘Shoey Steps into the Music Hall’ presents a suite of new works by the local exemplar of FoundArt, Peter Shoemark.  As he says of his incredible creations,  No animal, person or belief could be considered sacred or beyond the scope of an aging welder gone feral”. His clever bricolage makes art objects out of an incredible diversity of found and discarded items, often bearing witty but penetrating messages on social issues.  This series is a tribute to musicians and the past glories of the Avalon in its heyday as a landmark music hall in Katoomba.

Art of Lunch | Avalon Restaurant | Music Hall | Peter Shoemark (Shoey) & Jason Thornton Duo

The Art of Lunch project was created by Earthly Delights Events and has received funding from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, as well as support from local enterprises such as Scenic World and BMR Accounting.

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