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Black Food Heritage: Catering New Orleans’ Zulu Coronation Ball

The Zulu Coronation Ball is the largest, open to the public (some others are invitation-only), Mardi Gras ball servicing the African American community. The Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club Inc., is the everyman club. The membership is composed of men from all walks of life–from laborers, City Mayor, City Councilmen, and State Legislators, to United States Congressman, educators, and men of other professions.They have consistently presented Mardi Gras programming that is for everyone

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The Zulus give one incredible party featuring nationally-known entertainment. This year attendees will be treated to Music Soulchild, SOS Band, and Doug E. Fresh and Friends. There are a few rules of engagement, but the one to remember is that you will not get in if you’re not dressed in formal attire. Period. Aren’t the people beautiful? (From 2019)

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Revelers with a VIP table have access to the premium bar and food. If you’re fortunate enough to have the $1700 table, you can purchase a catered package to service all or part of your table by some of the finest caterers and food & beverage vendors in Louisiana that specialize in serving at the Zulu Coronation Ball. The food is so important, because the ball begins at 6 PM one day and ends a little over 9 hours later at 3 AM. Folk have to eat. 

This is where it begins.

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And you will see a lot of these custom Zulu coconut throws at the parade and ball. 

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Table and chair covers and table decorations don’t always come with the catering packages, but like everything else in NOLA, there’s someone who will provide it for you. 

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The 2020 ball is sold out, but here’s a peek at how partiers will eat and drink.

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The menus will vary according to dietary needs, and trust, there are Zulu Ball caterers ready to handle anything from gluten intolerance to diabetes to veganism and more. 

Treat boxes and fruit platters are a big hit, especially those containing decorated candy apples. 

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The Zulu Ball is BYOB for those who want to bring their favorite drinks and setups. The mixed drink is a big deal and there are tons of places in NOLA to buy them for the ball. 

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After dinner, you must share a King Cake like this Peach King Cake with your table.

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Ladies and gents, this is how you laissez les bon temps rouler! Zulu style. 

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