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Jan 24, 201309:45 AM
Haute Plates

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An Upcoming Pop-Up Restaurant

Creole Gardens Guesthouse and Inn

Here are some of the things that I missed while I was incapacitated by a herniated disk in my back:


1. walking

2. cooking

3. things that I cannot mention for risk of offending my wife

4. you people


Those things are not necessarily listed in order of importance to me, though I hope you will understand that in the context of the other items, I will place “you people” last every time. I mean, I love this column, and I love the comments and emails I get from you, but compared to the other items in my list?


I'm just glad to be upright again. I'm glad to be cooking too, and as odd as it sounds, I'm glad to be cleaning up in the kitchen.


Did you know pop-up restaurants are a thing? Chef Ryan Hughes knows, and he's got one going on Wednesday nights at the Creole Gardens Guesthouse and Inn at 1415 Prytania St. You're too late for the first one, which happened last night, but it's okay. It was sold out shortly after Hughes announced it. Luckily for you, assuming you like, but you may be able to get in on the Jan. 30 dinner. Here's the menu:


Fried Pickles with “Come Back Sauce” (Amuse to share on table)


Mississippi tamales, cider braised bacon, pecorino vinaigrette


Louis’ jumbo lump crab, apple and celery top salad, red oak, pickled local radish, sherry vinaigrette


BBQ pork shoulder, passatelli pasta, garbanzo beans, parsnips, cabbage, mustard greens


Smoked catfish pate, ghost pepper caviar, pickled Vidalias, toast


Boiled peanut & banana bread pudding, white chocolate bourbon fluff


Sounds good, no? Hughes is slated to open Purloo in the Southern Food & Beverage Museum's new space at 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. sometime this year. The pop-up is keeping him busy in the interim. The price for the first dinner was $48 and $78 with wines paired with each course; Hughes told me that the dinner Jan. 30 will cost around the same. Hughes plans to continue cooking at the Creole Gardens every Wednesday for the foreseeable future; if you're interested, call (404) 290-0613 to reserve yourself a spot or to find out what's on the menu for the next dinner.


It's good to be back, my friends.

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Robert D. Peyton was born at Ochsner Hospital and, apart from four years in Tennessee for college and three years in Baton Rouge for law school, has lived in New Orleans his entire life. He is a strong believer in the importance of food to our local culture and in the importance of our local food culture, generally. He has practiced law since 1994, and began writing about food on his website, www.appetites.us, in 1999. He mainly wrote about partying that year, obviously.

In 2006, New Orleans Magazine named Appetites the best food blog in New Orleans. The choice was made relatively easy due to the fact that Appetites was, at the time, the only food blog in New Orleans.

He began writing the Restaurant Insider column for New Orleans Magazine in 2007 and has been published in St. Charles Avenue, Louisiana Life and New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles magazines. He is the only person he knows personally who has been interviewed in GQ magazine, albeit for calling Alan Richman a nasty name. He is not proud of that, incidentally. (Yes, he is.)

Robert’s maternal grandmother is responsible for his love of good food, and he has never since had fried chicken or homemade biscuits as good as hers. He developed his curiosity about restaurant cooking in part from the venerable PBS cooking show "Great Chefs" and has an extensive collection of cookbooks, many of which do not require coloring, and some of which have not been defaced.

Robert lives in Mid-City with his wife Eve and their three children, and is fond of receiving comments and emails. Please humor him.




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