If you don’t know Chef Nathanial Zimet from the indispensable contemporary southern cuisine he dishes out at Carrollton “it” restaurant Boucherie, you may know him as one of the guys who has satisfied your set-break hunger pangs with an order of grit fries from the purple “Que Crawl” truck that used to call the curb outside Tipitina’s home. Unfortunately, you may also know him as a recent victim of the senseless violence that has long had a grip on the Crescent City.
On May 22, 2011, Zimet was shot twice during a botched robbery attempt, and while the injuries turned out to be non-life-threatening, Zimet is staring down a long and expensive road to recovery. Thankfully, New Orleanians have a special place in their hearts for the brilliant minds behind the city’s beloved restaurant industry and an outpouring of support began only hours after the news of his attack spread. In the last month there has been no shortage of fundraising events – both formal and informal – and efforts are ramping up with a string of benefits over the next few weeks.
Fans of exciting young musicians and awesome new Uptown music venues should circle this Sunday, June 26 on the calendar, as Breezy’s Spot is hosting “Take It To The Zimet”, a day-long music extravaganza to raise money for Zimet’s medical bills.
The confirmed lineup currently includes Breezy’s regulars Sun Hotel and Dominique LeJeune, soulful troubadour Andrew Duhon, Reid Martin of the Blue Party and Alexis Marceaux (and more acts are expected to be added throughout the week). A $10 donation gets you in, and if you have yet to catch a show at Breezy’s, the consuming experience of stepping foot inside this former coffeehouse turned mutli-use performance and exhibition space alone will be well worth the price of admission.