La Petite Grocery’s Justin Devillier to open French Quarter restaurant 

It is my hope that this becomes the revival of a new world-class restaurant culture in the upper Quarter. So few of those restaurants in the Quarter* really aspire to satisfy the palate of those locals who know great food and great service and to not pander to the millions of tennis-shod, Mickey-Mouse tank-wearing visitors who search for items “not spicy” or “with regular food” (both phrases people have given me when I stopped to aid them and asked them what they were looking for in terms of food). Let’s renew the Quarter by creating the best food and best drink rather than the race to the bottom that has been the situation since Croissant D’Or’s Maurice retired from baking croissants, Anne Kearney sold Peristyle and went back to Ohio and Bella Luna’s owners took off for Manchac.

• With respect to Angeline, Sylvain, Doris Metropolitan and the still-cool Bayona.

 

 

La Petite Grocery’s Justin Devillier to open French Quarter restaurant | NOLA.com

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INVISIBLE CHEFS: Where are New Orleans’ black chefs?

A panel conversation on why in New Orleans, where African-Americans are fundamental to the cuisine, there are relatively few prominent black chefs.

WHERE & WHEN:

New Orleans Jazz Market
(1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.) Wednesday, May 3, from 5:45 to 8:30 p.m.

Moderators:
Brett Anderson (NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) Zella Palmer (Dillard University)

Panelist and Organizer:
Tunde Wey (cook/writer)

Panelists:
Vance Vaucresson (owner Vaucresson Sausage Company) Jordan Ruiz (chef/owner The Munch Factory) Ericka Lassair (owner/operator Diva Dawg food truck)
Adolfo Garcia (restaurateur)

Todd A. Price
Dining Writer
The Times-Picayune

10 Best New Orleans Restaurants for 2017 | NOLA.com

Restaurant critic Brett Anderson makes his annual selection.

Sadly, only one in the French Quarter. Everything else on the other side of Canal, although all are in the “Sliver by the River.”

I would agree with most of these choices except for Clancy’s. I think Anderson tries hard to convince us in his review that it isn’t the old (read stale) New Orleans place that we used to have too many,  all about the “see-and-be-seen” vibe that it really is about and not about great food or great service. It has been my experience – and the same for many friends – that if you are not known to the staff as a regular, you would not like it. Or if you think that fresher ingredients and lighter dishes are rightfully known as the new New Orleans menu, then you surely won’t agree with it being chosen. Instead, I’d put Aaron Burgau’s Patois or Alex Harrell’s Angeline* downtown in its place.

 

*Well well; soon after he was skipped by nola.com, Harrell was chosen as NOLa Chef of the year on Thrillist.

 

Mardi Gras Brunch at Meauxbar

Went last year for Lundi Gras and am glad to be returning. A lovely way to kick off the final two days…

Brunch at Meauxbar features a prix fixe menu that will change weekly to highlight the best seasonal and local ingredients. Our cocktail menu offers an Unlimited Mimosa Set Up for $18 with local citrus and additional shrubs, bitters, & tinctures for personal flavoring. Brunch also features our House-Made Seasonal Pimm’s series, House-Made Bloody Mary, specialty cocktails & an extensive wine list. Reservations recommended, walk-ins welcome.

2016 __________________________________________________

 Mardi Gras Weekend Brunch will run from Friday, Feb. 5th until Monday, Feb. 8th.

 Friday / Saturday brunch will be 10:30am-2:30pm

Sunday / Monday brunch will be 10:30am-3:30pm

MENU

FOR THE TABLE

King Cake Scones . louisiana strawberry jam .

FIRST COURSE

Gumbo z’Herbes . sweet potato salad .

or

Smoked Drum Rilette . pickled vegetables . crisps .

or

Beef Carpaccio . crispy bacon . fried egg aïoli . everything bagel crumbs .

SECOND COURSE

Confit Chicken & Red Beans . housemade mustard . braised greens .

or

Louisiana Shrimp & Grits . rice grits . green onions .

or

Ham & Cheese Croissant . fried egg . dijon mustard .

THIRD COURSE

Galette de Rois . brandy crème anglaise .

or

Louisiana Strawberry Mont Blanc . almond macaron .

or

Sweet Potato Beignets . french truck espresso mousseline .

RIP Paul Prudhomme

I met him in the mid 1980s while I was working in the kitchen at the Royal Sonesta. He was gracious to our entire staff and even made our evil sous chef behave. What he did for New Orleans, for Louisiana and for talented chefs who want to create their own place and use their own ideas is incalculable; I remember well the daily excitement and long lines at KPauls for so many years. The love pouring out from the restaurant community around town shows the deep respect the entire community had for him and I’m sure that admiration is multiplied around the state.

Oral history

Source: Paul Prudhomme, the internationally-known superstar Louisiana chef and restaurateur, has died after a brief illness.

El Libre

I am loving living in the Quarter again with all of these great, small food places opening with caring owners and chefs on hand. Begone the cranky and overpriced run of the mill food and drink: bow down to Spitfire coffee, Meauxbar’s bistro, Cane and Table’s small plates, Vietnamese food at 9 Roses, authentic Cajun food and dancing with Mosquito Supper Club, traditional New Orleans cuisine at Kingfish (well, under opening chef Greg Sonnier that is- hope it is remains as good) and now Cuban food and cocktails. While you are there, look around and notice all of the lovely little shops selling handmade, local or beautiful items on Royal and Chartres. And for all of you who laugh behind your hands at all of the unfortunate crime news happening here (and everywhere), know that we are enjoying life and fun in the old city very well thank you.

http://www.nola.com/dining/index.ssf/2015/09/el_libre_new_cuban_cafe_opens.html#incart_m-rpt-2

Mosquito Supper Club Fall 2015

Reserve your spot for Mosquito Supper Club every Thursday in September and October.

MOSQUITO SUPPER CLUB IS ABOUT CELEBRATING CAJUN CULTURE. WE CURATE EVENTS THAT CELEBRATE CAJUN MUSIC, FOOD AND CULTURAL TRADITIONS.

Reservations for Supper Club can be made at MosquitoSupperClub.com. The Mosquito Supper Club is located at 810 North Rampart Street.

Merci Beaucoup,

Effie & Melissa