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.

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Tableau opens in the French Quarter

The brand new Brennan family restaurant Tableau. The restaurant is at the corner of Saint Peter and Chartres, where the Le Petit Theater sold half and left the other as a functioning theater.

The brand new Brennan family restaurant Tableau at Saint Peter and Chartres. This is the other half of Le Petit Theater which left the other side as a functioning theater.

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Quarter Stitch

One of the longstanding needlepoint shops in the city has moved-slightly. Quarter Stitch which had withstood the Alpine Bar as a neighbor, the on again off again repairs due to a historical building owned by the state, has finally moved into new space right across the street from their old location. You can now find them on the “lake side” of Chartres between Wilkinson and the Square. The new location seems more spacious and certainly is no worse than the last as far as location, and once the gutting and constructing of Dickie Brennan’s new restaurant at Le Petit Theatre is over, things should be delightful for the wonderful yarn store we all love.