December 6th, 2012

A Trekker’s Guide to New Orleans

Compiled by ENS Rob Cerio, USS New Orleans, With help from Memory Alpha and Memory Beta

The Big Easy in the 24th century and beyond…

New Orleans is mentioned fairly often in the Star Trek Universe, and much of the information about the 24th century version of city and the area around it has a basis in fact in modern day New Orleans..

In the Star Trek universe, New Orleans was a major port city on the Gulf coast in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. The city was famous for its French Quarter that contained, among other attractions, Jackson Square and Audubon Park. The New Orleans-class of starship was named after this city in the 24th century. (TOS: “The Cage”, TNG: “Brothers”, DS9: “The Visitor”, “Homefront”)

In the 19th century Frederick La Rouque was born here. (TNG: “Time’s Arrow”) Frederick La Rouque was a Human professional gambler from New Orleans who lived during the latter half of the 19th century. His parents were from the French region of Burgundy, so he spoke French fluently.
His profession took him to San Francisco in 1893, where he met an interesting gentleman from France named Data. Pegging Data for an easy mark, La Rouque was cleaned out by him in the game of poker. (TNG: “Time’s Arrow”)

In the real world, French is still spoked fluently in the bayous and swamps around New Orleans, although less often these days.

THE DS9 CONNECTION:
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine itself was announced at a NATPE convention in New Orleans. (In the Ernest Morial  Convention Center, yearly location of Wizard World New Orleans Comic-con) Early rumors regarding a spin-off of Star Trek: The Next Generation began circulating in January of 1992, shortly before the annual National Association of Television Programming Executives (NATPE) convention. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was officially announced at the NATPE convention in New Orleans. Pre-production work on the spin-off actually began in 1991, prior to the death of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. Although Roddenberry was not involved, he was aware of plans for another spin-off.

The Sisko Family:
The city was the birthplace of various members of the Sisko family, including Benjamin Sisko (in 2332), and was the location of Sisko’s, Joseph Sisko’s creole restaurant. (DS9: “Equilibrium”, “Homefront”, “Paradise Lost”, “Image in the Sand”) Joseph Sisko met his future wife, Sarah in Jackson Square in June, 2331. (DS9: “Image in the Sand”)
For the first few days of his time at Starfleet Academy, Ben Sisko would travel from San Francisco to New Orleans for evening dinner. (DS9: “Explorers”) Sisko recommended New Orleans as a place for Miles O’Brien to live when he and his family left Deep Space 9 for Earth after the Dominion War ended. (DS9: “What You Leave Behind”)
In an alternate timeline, a bayou on the outskirts of New Orleans was the 25th century home of an elderly Jake Sisko. Sisko and Azeni Korena were married in New Orleans in this timeline. (DS9 episode: “The Visitor”)

Sisko’s Creole Kitchen,
known simply as Sisko’s, was a restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana, owned and operated by Joseph Sisko during the 24th century. Among the restaurant’s specialties were Shrimp Creole and Gumbo. Within walking distance of Audubon Park, (A matter of contention… it is refered to as being in the French Quarter, wich is several miles from Audubon Park. Perhaps the boundaries of the park were extended during the city’s reconstruction?) The restaurant was furnished with old-fashioned wooden tables and white tablecloths, and was decorated with framed photographs of baseball players and a stuffed alligator hanging from the ceiling. When his grandson Jake was a child, Joseph told him that the alligator was actually in stasis, and he let it out at night to guard the restaurant. (DS9: “Homefront”, “Paradise Lost”)

Nog was a regular visitor to the restaurant during his freshman year at Starfleet Academy in 2372, claiming that Joseph was the only person on Earth who could get live tube grubs for him. Joseph joked that he might start cooking them for his human customers. (DS9: “Homefront”)

Following the death of Jadzia Dax and the collapse of the Bajoran wormhole in 2374/5, Benjamin and Jake Sisko spent at least three months living with Joseph and working in the restaurant. While Jake worked in the kitchen and waited tables, Benjamin would spend hours scrubbing clams in a back alleyway outside the restaurant’s deliveries entrance, or absentmindedly playing the restaurant’s piano (which the customers seemed to enjoy). It was during one such stint at the piano that Benjamin received a vision from the Prophets that propelled him on a quest to find the Orb of the Emissary and his mother, Sarah Sisko. (DS9: “Image in the Sand”)

Creole food

was a type of cuisine originating on Earth in the state of Louisiana, specifically New Orleans. Creole food was known for being spicy. (DS9: “The Abandoned”) Among the spices used in Creole food was cayenne. (DS9: “Accession”)
Joseph Sisko, owner and operator of Sisko’s Creole Kitchen, featured many Creole dishes on the menu.
Joseph’s son, Benjamin, could do some amazing things with Creole food as well. In 2371, he prepared one of Joseph’s recipes for Creole shrimp with Mandalay sauce for dinner one night for his son and his girlfriend Mardah. He noted that that particular dish “has a bite to it.” (DS9: “The Abandoned”)
Jambalaya is another type of Creole food. (DS9: “Favor the Bold”)
Both Creole cuisine and Cajun cuisine originate from Louisiana, but there are significant differences between the two. The elder Sisko once derisively noted that his doctor couldn’t tell the difference between Creole food and Cajun food despite having lived in New Orleans for twenty years. (DS9: “Homefront”)

Real Louisiana Creole cuisine :
is a style of cooking originating in Louisiana which blends French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Native American, and African influences, as well as general Southern cuisine. It is similar to Cajun cuisine in ingredients (such as the holy trinity), but the important distinction is that Cajun cuisine arose from the more rustic, provincial French cooking adapted by the Acadians to Louisiana ingredients, whereas the cooking of the Louisiana Creoles tended more toward classical European styles adapted to local foodstuffs. Broadly speaking, the French influence in Cajun cuisine is descended from various French Provincial cuisines of the peasantry, while Creole cuisine evolved in the homes of well-to-do aristocrats, or those who imitated their lifestyle. Although the Creole cuisine is closely identified with New Orleans culture today, much of it evolved in the country plantation estates so beloved of the pre-Civil War Creoles

The real Siskos:
While there is no restaurant actually named Siskos, the cuisine and atmosphere most resemble Oliver’s Creole Kitchen on Decatur street.
Olivier’s is an authentic French Quarter Creole restaurant cooking dishes handed down through five generations. We recommend the Jambalya…

Olivier’s Creole Restaurant
204 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA
(504) 525-7734 ‎

JAZZ
Jazz was a style of music and/or dance that originated in New Orleans, USA, on Earth in the 20th century. It was characterized by a flexible and strong rhythm. This musical genre was known for its improvisatory content. One of the styles of jazz was Dixieland. (TNG: “11001001”)
One night in 2150, T’Pol left the Vulcan Compound and strolled the streets of San Francisco. Attracted to “unusual, chaotic” jazz music, she entered the Fusion night club and listened to the saxophonist. The experience elicited an emotional response she never forgot. (ENT: “Fusion”)
Beverly Crusher studied jazz dance in St. Louis. (TNG: “Data’s Day”)
William T. Riker was a jazz player. (TNG: “Remember Me”) His primary musical instrument was the trombone; however, his skills were not up to that of a professional. (TNG: “11001001”) He had trouble with the song Nightbird. (TNG: “Second Chances”) Riker could also play the piano, and taught Amarie, a musician in a bar on Qualor II, some jazz routines when the USS Enterprise-D visited the planet in 2368. (TNG: “Unification II”) He introduced jazz to Alexander Rozhenko, who played it constantly even to the annoyance of his father, Worf. (TNG: “Phantasms”)
When Geordi La Forge wanted to impress Doctor Leah Brahms who was about to visit him in his quarters, he decided to play a piece of soft jazz, before finally deciding on a piece played by a classical guitar. (TNG: “Galaxy’s Child”)
Odo mentioned jazz in 2369, in a hypothetical situation as to why he had never dated anyone. He told Quark that a compromise could lead to someone “spending an agonizing night listening to Klingon opera” instead of watching karo-net or at least listening to jazz. (DS9: “A Man Alone”)
Harry Kim was also a jazz musician. He had a band on USS Voyager called “Harry Kim and the Kimtones”. The band was an instrumental jazz quartet fronted by Kim. In 2376 they put on a show for the Qomar, who were visiting the ship. The Qomar did not receive them well and they were forced to give the spotlight over to The Doctor. (VOY: “Virtuoso”)
In 2375, the Ba’neth damaged Tuvok’s mind with an energy weapon, causing him to lose much of his intellect and to become emotional for a time. While he was in this state he was found to be fond of jazz. (VOY: “Riddles”)

Real Jazz:
There are a number of locations throughout the city to enjoy Jazz. The next time you are in New Orleans, please ask any member of our crew (Through Facebook or E-mail) and we will be happy to help you find a good place to listen to Jazz!

The nighttime Haunts of William T. Riker:
The Bourbon Street Bar was an establishment in the city of New Orleans on Earth that featured live jazz music nightly.
The Bar was a favored location of William Riker’s and he recreated it in the holodeck of the USS Enterprise-D. Riker often visited the holo-program and played his trombone with the house band, performing such jazz classics as Hula Blues and Sweet and Low.
On one occasion, shortly after the main computer of the Enterprise had been upgraded by the Bynars, the holo-character of Minuet took on enhanced properties. Riker was infatuated with the character and spent several hours in the bar with her. (TNG: “11001001”)

The real Bourbon Street:
is a street in the heart of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood, the French Quarter. It extends 13 blocks from Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue. While it is now primarily known for its bars and strip clubs, Bourbon Street’s history provides a rich insight into New Orleans’ past
Though largely quiet during the day, Bourbon Street comes alive at night, particularly during the French Quarter’s many festivals. Most popular among these is the annual Mardi Gras celebration, when Bourbon Street teems with hundreds of thousands of tourists. Local open container laws in the French Quarter allow drinking alcoholic beverages in the street. Popular drinks include the Hurricanes, Hand Grenades and Huge Ass Beers – a large plastic cup of draft beer marketed to tourists at a low price. The most visited section of Bourbon Street is “Upper Bourbon Street”, an eight-block section of popular tourist attractions.
Among the tourist attractions are bars, restaurants,souvenir shops and strip clubs. There are also a number of gay bars. Most bars are located in the central section of Bourbon Street. Popular bars include Pat O’Brien’s, Johnny White’s, The Famous Door, Razzoo and The Cat’s Meow.

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