Michelle Nugent, 2006. Photo by Sara Roahen.

Gear up for Jazz Fest  (April 27-May 6) with this okracast featuring Jazz Fest producer Michelle Nugent.

Since 1999 Michelle has filled the role of food director for the music festival. On show days, she wears a tool belt, a head of braids, and a bit of a costume — maybe batwings or a tiara. The ensemble represents her simultaneous workmanlike and joyful approach to the job, an approach that enables her to get hot water and electricity to each of the roughly 70 food vendors’ booths each festival day, and still find the energy to wonder whether hogshead cheese could possibly be added to the roster next year.

This is a special New Orleans Eats edition of okracast.

Grab some headphones and go!