October 9, 2011
I visited New Orleans at the end of August to attend my first Food Bloggers Conference. I want to write a separate post about my experience there, but I just had to post up my story first about a little shop called Leah’s Pralines . There was much swag to be had at the conference, and Leah’s was good enough to provide us with Bacon Praline Brittle which were beautifully packaged and heaped up in mounds on the back tables in the room. As a small business owner, I always appreciate and admire the companies that sponsor these events, not knowing if their “donation” will propel their business forward or how it can or will positively impact them. It’s a brave thing for a small business to do and it always makes me shudder a little inside when I think of all of the donations I have made, never knowing if it will really do anything for my business–but I do it because it makes me feel good in the moment, and then I hope for the best.
On my last day in New Orleans, I made the time to go for a lovely walk and search out this store on Louis Street which was thankfully close to my hotel in the French Quarter. I am so glad that I did!
The shop has rows and rows of lovely pralines…..and I just happened to come in when Kenny was making up some fresh Orange Spiced Pecans….which were Fabulous! YUM!
The shop is quaint and old and I just loved the vibe. It was quiet thankfully, and I got to talk to Kenny and let him know that I made a special trip to his store just to let him know how much I appreciated the SWAG :) We spoke about the conference and one thing led to the other….and I told him that I owned a Fresh Fruit Jam Company. Our relationship was born…I promised to send him samples upon my return to Florida. And the story has a happy ending! Everyone loved the samples (including his MOM) and they will be carrying two of my spicy jams in the shop as soon as I can get them shipped. So I am excited to tell you about Leah’s Pralines and really excited that we could connect and create some prosperity out of his willingness to be a sponsor. I hope that when and if you travel to New Orleans, you will stop in, say hello to Kenny, and enjoy the fabulous tastes and smells of a confection shop that has been in continuous business since 1944! They are located across from Antoines at 714 St. Louis Street in the Historic French Quarter.