CBS News Sunday Morning correspondent Bill Geist profiled New Orleans' favorite sandwich, and the popular festival that celebrates it, on Sunday's broadcast. Click here for a link to the video segment.
The people of New Orleans take their food seriously, and no food is taken more seriously than the Po-Boy sandwich. The Po-Boy is not only a tasty and messy sandwich, it is a part of New Orleans' culture and history. It is so revered that they've created the Po-Boy Preservation Society (whose battle cry is "Save Our Sandwich") to try to guarantee the survival of their beloved Po-Boy.
Last weekend, an estimated 45,000 hungry people came out to honor and taste this sandwich at the New Orleans Po-Boy Festival, where traditional Roast Beef and Fried Shrimp Po-Boys were available alongside unusual, exotic new creations, like Sashimi and Smoked Duck Po-Boys. Descendants of the first families of Po-Boys were on hand to discuss Po-Boy history and reminisce - about the men that created the first Po-Boy, and the baker of the French bread that has come to be the key ingredient in any Po-Boy.
Panel discussions were held to discuss the preservation of their Po-Boy. Bill Geist went to New Orleans to taste for himself, and to find out why this sandwich that has survived challenges like Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf oil spill is so important to the people of New Orleans.
Click here for the segment from CBS Sunday Morning.