Press Release: Pizza Nola to Celebrate Return of Dong Phuong King Cakes with Carnival Kickoff Event

Featuring Music, Breakfast, Book Signings and Pageantry

Contact: Will Samuels (504) 872-0731

NEW ORLEANS, LA- December 15, 2015– Will Samuels, co-owner of Lakeview’s Pizza Nola, announced today the pizzeria will host a Carnival Kickoff event celebrating the return of the King Cakes from Dong Phuong Bakery on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, from 8 a.m. -10 a.m., at 141 W Harrison.

“We are delighted to continue our partnership with Dong Phuong Bakery,” Samuels said. “Last year we began offering their king cakes and many customers told us ‘this is the best I’ve ever had.’” He continued, “We’ve been so excited for the 2016 Carnival season, so we wanted to kick it off with a big flourish to celebrate the king cakes’ arrival.”

The Carnival Kickoff event will feature the “Grand Arrival” of the Dong Phuong King Cakes plus music by local favorites Benny Grunch and the Bunch, breakfast (featuring King Cake French Toast) by Pizza Nola’s breakfast pop-up Bawk as well as book signings by Peggy Scott Laborde and Judi Bottoni (with their new release “New Orleans Mardi Gras Moments”) and children’s book author Cornell Landry (“Happy Mardi Gras” and “The Amazing Adventures of the Mardi Gras Bead Dog”). Additional surprise guests are expected.

“And pageantry. Oh yes, there will be pageantry. Royalty, too, even if we have to coronate our own,” Samuels said.

Located in New Orleans East, Dong Phuong has been serving the community for 30 years, and many area restaurants serve their French bread and pastries. Their King Cakes are made with a light, flaky rich pastry dough with a scalloped outer edge and topped with a cream cheese icing (instead of the powdered-sugar based frosting found on most other area king cakes).

Pizza Nola will have King Cakes from Dong Phuong delivered daily (except Tuesdays). Cakes will be available for pre-ordering and pick-up at the restaurant as well as via delivery throughout the restaurant’s normal delivery area. New this year, the restaurant will offer shipping as well as online ordering through its website,

Pizza Nola is located at 141 W Harrison Ave in Lakeview and is open daily with dine-in and carryout service as well as delivery to 70124, 70005, UNO and beyond. On Fridays through Sundays, the restaurant offers a full breakfast (including delivery) from Bawk beginning at 7am.

The event is free, but registration is recommended via For more information, call Pizza Nola at 504-872-0731, or visit,, and follow @PizzaNola on Twitter.