Chef-Owner, Mosquito Supper Club

Melissa Martin grew up on Bayou Petite Caillou in Chauvin, Louisiana, and has lived in New Orleans proper for 22 years. After graduating from Loyola University with a degree in English, she worked as an adult literacy teacher and then spent some time in California after Hurricane Katrina. Working at some of the top Napa Valley vineyards and restaurants, she honed her self-taught culinary skills to a professional level. Returning to New Orleans three years later, Melissa opened Satsuma Café, a casual farm-to-table restaurant, and worked at Café Hope, a non-profit restaurant, teaching at-risk youth to cook and grow seasonal food. In 2014, she opened the Mosquito Supper Club, where she serves family-style Cajun meals to small groups of guests who have reserved their place at her table months in advance. Mosquito Supper Club is rooted in the place she grew up – Chauvin, a tiny sliver of solid ground, a low, flat land being swallowed by the water that is its life but will also be its death. The food served is illuminating and shares a culinary legacy that is endangered. She will publish a book on Cajun food with Artisan Publishing Company in 2019. She lives in a classic shotgun house in the Lower Ninth Ward with her dog, Ezra.

Panel Discussion: The Buyers Perspective, Friday, March 8, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

The Buyers’ Perspective panel will feature panelists from a variety of disciplines including grocery stores, to-go food sellers, and restaurant owners. We’ll explore how they source their supplies, what they look for in local sources, tips on becoming a supplier, and if there are local/state laws that must be followed. There will be a Q&A period for the audience.