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Oct 4, 201810:10 AM
Haute Plates

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Memorial for Rene Bajeux and Mango House Popup


I wrote a while back about the death of Rene Bajeux, and promised to follow up when I learned more about arrangements. There will be a memorial service on Oct. 9 at Patrick’s Bar Vin, and there is a GoFundMe page set up to help his wife and kids travel to France to visit his family and spread his ashes. If that’s not a good cause, I don’t know what is.

I will be there on the 9th and I hope you will be there as well. Patrick’s Bar Vin is a great place, and if you’ve never been, this is a great time to visit.

In other news, some of you may remember the little cottage on Jeannette street being the home of a few different restaurants before it became Boucherie. It was the original location of the sushi restaurant Ninja, the first spot that Chef Ian Schnoebelen and his partner Laurie Cassebonne made waves with restaurant Iris, and also the home of Mango House, where Chef Anne Lloyd cooked Caribbean food here in what some people call the northernmost city in the Caribbean.


From Chef Lloyd:

I am VERY excited to announce that we will be doing a popup of my former restaurant, the Mango House, at Boucherie on Jeannette Street in the Riverbend next weekend! Nathanial Zimet, our host and owner of Boucherie, is planning to move his restaurant back to that space, and invited us to come in and cook for a night in our former location ahead of the move.

For those of you who didn't know me back then, the Mango House was a Caribbean-inspired restaurant I operated from 2002 until Katrina came along and changed our plans a bit...

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, October the 6th. Since it's only for a night, we are offering a four course, prix fixe menu so you can enjoy as many of these delicious tropical flavors as possible! Our specialty cocktails as well as a full bar selection will also be available.


Here are the details:

Mango House Popup

Saturday, Oct. 6

8115 Jeannette St.

Four Course Prix Fixe Menu $55

Reservations Available From 6:45-8:45pm

Seating is Limited!


Shoot us an email at:




or give the restaurant at call at: 862-5514


I had lunch at Boucherie recently and it was every bit as good as I remembered from the dozens of times I’ve dined there before. I will admit that I like the guys who run the place, chefs Nathanial Zimet and James Denio, but I will defend my opinion about the place regardless of my personal feelings. The fact that it’s the sort of place I return to again and again, whether I’m writing about it or not, should prove my objectivity.



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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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