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As the HBO series “Treme” plays out its final episodes, creator/executive producer David Simon, executive producer Nina Noble and story editor/author Lolis Eric Elie join in a discussion about the important role New Orleans cuisine played in the series and the new cookbook Treme: Stories and Recipes From the Heart of New Orleans.

The event will include tastings of two dishes and two cocktails from the book. There will be a pre-event reception at 7:30 pm.


Can't make it to the event? Leave your questions for our guests below, and they might be used on stage during the Q&A. Keep an eye on 92Y On Demand after the event for any video clips we might share! You might see your question used on stage.


This event is part of our Kitchen Arts & Letters series. In partnership with the esteemed culinary bookstore, we present talks, demos and tastings with leading cookbook authors, chefs, food historians and farmers. See the complete line-up here.

Brief Bios

Nina K. Noble was born in New York, and raised on film sets in various U.S. cities. In 1984, after many years as a production assistant on movies, television and commercials, she joined the Directors Guild of America as a Second Assistant Director. The next ten years were spent working as a freelance Assistant Director on feature films, traveling throughout the U.S. with many prominent directors, including Alan Parker, Paul Mazursky, Ron Shelton, Stephen Frears, Paul Verhoeven and Ivan Reitman.

In 1995, Noble began producing and production managing TV pilots and made-for-TV movies, primarily for The Levinson/Fontana Company in New York. This association led to a meeting with David Simon in 1999. Simon was then developing "The Corner" for HBO, and hired Noble as producer. This began a successful collaboration which continued with "The Wire," "Generation Kill" and now "Treme."


David Simon is a Baltimore-based journalist, author and television producer. Born in Washington, he came to Baltimore in 1983 to work as a crime reporter at The Baltimore Sun. While at the paper, he reported and wrote two works of narrative non-fiction: Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets and The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood, the former an account of a year spent with the city homicide squad and the latter, a year spent on a West Baltimore drug corner.

Homicide became the basis for the NBC drama which aired from 1993 to 1999, and for which Simon worked as a writer and producer after leaving The Sun in 1995. The Corner became an HBO miniseries, and won three Emmy®  Awards in 2000. "The Wire," a subsequent HBO drama, aired for five seasons from 2002 to 2008, and depicted a dystopic American city contending with a fraudulent drug war, the loss of its industrial base, political and educational systems incapable of reform, and a media culture oblivious to all of the above. In 2009, Simon served as a writer and executive producer of HBO's "Generation Kill," a miniseries depicting U.S. Marines in the early days of the Iraq conflict.

Simon also does prose work for The New Yorker, Esquire and The Washington Post, among other publications.


Lolis Eric Elie is a New Orleans native and an award-winning staff writer and story editor for the HBO series "Treme." Formerly a columnist for New Orleans’ Times-Picayune, he is the author of Smokestack Lightning: Adventures in the Heart of Barbeque Country, and the editor of Cornbread Nation 2: The United States of Barbeque. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Saveur, Gourmet and Bon Appetit, and he is a contributing writer to Oxford American. He lives in New Orleans and Los Angeles. Anthony Bourdain is an author, a television host and a writer for "Treme." He lives in New York City.


A Brooklyn-based writer and filmmaker, Matt Zoller Seitz is the television critic for New York Magazine and Vulture and the editor-in-chief of He has written, narrated, edited or produced over a hundred hours’ worth of video essays about cinema history and style for The Museum of the Moving Image and The L Magazine, among other outlets. His five part 2009 video essay "Wes Anderson: The Substance of Style" was the basis for his bestseller The Wes Anderson Collection. Seitz is the founder and original editor of The House Next Door, now a part of Slant Magazine, and the publisher of Press Play, a blog of film and TV criticism and video essays. He is the director of the 2005 romantic comedy Home and the forthcoming science fiction epic Rabbit of the Siff.

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