The Thistle

Ray Cannata: The Man Who Ate New Orleans

The City Ministry Initiative and the Francis A. Schaeffer Institute of Covenant Seminary are teaming up with Resurrection Presbyterian Church (PCA) to host Ray Cannata, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA) in the New Orleans Garden District, March 10-12. Ray will be screening the upcoming PBS documentary The Man Who Ate New Orleans, as well as preaching, teaching, and hanging out with us during his visit to St. Louis.

The Man Who Ate New Orleans is the story of a New Yorker who sets out to accomplish something no one in the 300-year history of New Orleans has ever done – eat a meal at every restaurant in the city. His name is Ray Cannata, and he’s a Presbyterian minister who moves to New Orleans shortly after Hurricane Katrina to help revitalize a tiny church there. At his first service after the storm, he boldly challenges the seventeen people present to build a church around a commitment to help rebuild the city.

Just over five years later, the church is large and thriving, and has worked on more than 500 homes in New Orleans. And Ray himself is preparing to eat at the last of his 700+ restaurants and truly become The Man Who Ate New Orleans.

This film is much more than the story of a historic food quest. It’s a journey that has taken Ray into every corner of the city and taught him what it means to love its people. It’s a story of how, through the food, the music, and the rebuilding, he truly became a New Orleanian.

All events are free and open to the public 

Sunday, March 10
11:00 a.m.: Preaching at Resurrection Presbyterian Church / 7404 Vermont Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63111
6:00 p.m.: Preaching at Providence Reformed Presbyterian Church / 9124 Sappington Road,  St. Louis, MO 63126

Monday,  March 11
2:30 p.m.: Lecturing on “Calvin’s View and Practice of Social Justice” in Dr. Honeycutt’s church history class / Room B-111. Guests welcome!

7:00 p.m.: Screening of the film The Man Who Ate New Orleans at Perennial Artisan Ales / 8125 Michigan Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63111

Tuesday, March 12

10:00 a.m.: Preaching at Chapel / Covenant Seminary, Rayburn Chapel

6:15 p.m.: Q&A Discussion with the Intercultural City Ministry Class at South City Church / 2109 S. Spring Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110. Guests welcome!

8:00 p.m.: Tabletalk at Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. / 3229 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103