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Sep 13, 201209:47 AM
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An Anniversary, A Soul-Food Pop-up and Hungry in the South

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Hopefully you kids are all recovered both from Isaac and the debacle in the Superdome last weekend? Perhaps you're in the mood for some food-related information? If not, may I recommend a Google search for “kitten playing piano”?


You are welcome.


NOLA Restaurant, Emeril's semi-casual spot in the Quarter, turns 20 in October. After his eponymous spot in the Warehouse District, NOLA was the second restaurant Emeril opened, and although it tends to fly under the radar to many local diners, it's worth checking out. To mark the occasion NOLA will be running a special menu, with starters such as boudin made in-house stewed in beer, cane syrup and onions, and served over a sweet potato bread crouton; and a salad of fried oysters over spinach with an herbsaint vinaigrette. Entrees include smoked rabbit and andouille etouffée and cedar planked-drum with a citrus-horseradish crust, Vietnamese seafood salad and lemon butter sauce. Fried apple pie with cinnamon ice cream and caramel sauce is just one of the desserts. NOLA is located at 534 St. Louis St., and you can call 522-6652 for more information.


Pop-up restaurants came late to New Orleans, but it seems like we're getting more and more of them every week. The latest of which I've heard is We've Got Soul, which operates out of Marie's bar at the corner of Burgundy and St. Roch on Friday nights from 5 until 2. The menu changes, but you can check out the website for what's on offer on a given Friday night. You can also place take-out orders by calling 206-398-9214 during business hours on Friday.


The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is putting on an event it calls Hungry in the South this weekend from Thursday to Sunday. Events include a gala held at the museum's still-under-construction-but-soon-to-be-home at 1504 Oretha C. Haley Blvd., a symposium at the museum's current location, a film festival at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center a few steps from the museum's future home at 1618 Oretha C. Haley Blvd, and a cookbook fair with local authors on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the French Market. Hell, there's even a continuing legal education seminar being held in partnership with Tulane University Law School and the Louisiana Restaurant Association. More information on the event can be found by clicking here.


Know of anything else going on around town this weekend? By all means share in the comment section below.  

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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 here 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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