New Orleans Landmark Opens in Destin, Florida

Camellia Grill® preserves its New Orleans traditions Destin, FL (April 8, 2009)–It was almost two years ago to the day that Camellia Grill®, the legendary diner in Uptown New Orleans, opened its doors for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. On Thursday, April 16, at 6:00 AM, Camellia Grill® will celebrate another first: It will open in Destin, Florida, its first venue outside of New Orleans. Located at Harbor Walk Village, Camellia Grill® joins Pat O’Brien’s and Commander’s Palace, adjacent to the Emerald Grand at the foot of the Destin Bridge, overlooking the Destin Harbor. Camellia Grill® will celebrate its opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, April 16, at 4:00 PM.  All are invited. Destin Mayor Craig Barker says, “One of the most popular beach destinations in the United States, Destin is proud to welcome its newest New Orleans resident. Like Destin, Camellia Grill is a popular family tradition. We as a community are thrilled that you have selected Destin as your ‘home away from home’.” Guests will enjoy the homey feel of the diner. The menu from New Orleans will remain intact as patrons get their fix of chocolate freezes, pecan pie, chili omelets and Mardi Gras sandwiches. Serving these food favorites will be a Destin staff reminiscent of the “personality plus” New Orleans staff. The Camellia Grill® waiters are just as much part of the tradition as straw popping and white linen napkins. Destin may even see waitresses rounding out the staff of 30.

According to Destin resident Jimmy Crawford, general manager of Camellia Grill® Destin, “Camellia Grill® has been preserved in New Orleans. Now Destin diners can enjoy the same spirited atmosphere and mouth watering menu as the original Camellia Grill®. “Time, care and effort have been invested to ensure that every detail which makes Camellia Grill® beloved has been replicated, including the pink paint and green stools.” One significant icon that owner Hicham Khodr discovered on eBay® is the Mickey Mouse clock that hangs prominently over the counter. He even nabbed two, anticipating a future Camellia Grill® in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. But there will be differences between the two venues in order to capture the Destin atmosphere. Rather than 29 stools, Camellia Grill® Destin will have 46 stools, meaning that those craving Camellia Grill® specials may not have to wait as long in the traditional line outside in the hot sun. And Camellia Grill® Destin will have a deck overlooking the beach, where one can catch the rays while chilling out with Camellia Grill® fare and freezes. Inside, diners will recall the signature tile floor, albeit much brighter and shinier than its 61 year old counterpart in New Orleans. “And beach attire is certainly appropriate,” explains Crawford. “We know that Destin is a casual community, and we want to accommodate that.” He adds, “While visitors are important to Camellia Grill® Destin, we want to become part of the fabric and culture of Destin. To that end, we want to get to know the locals, their families and friends. We want to call them by name and invite them to be part of our Camellia Grill® Destin family.” According to Khodr, “Camellia Grill® is a part of the heartbeat of New Orleans. Our hope is that it becomes a part of the heartbeat of Destin.” Tentative hours of operation for Camellia Grill® Destin are from 8:00 AM to Midnight, 7 days a week.

Major credit cards are accepted. Construction on Camellia Grill® Destin began in December, 2008 and is a development of Peter Bos, who also developed Harbor Walk in Destin. Head of Operations is Brian Molony. Besides owning Camellia Grill® New Orleans and Destin, Hicham Khodr of New Orleans also owns or has an interest in The Gumbo Shop, Byblos and NOLA, all in New Orleans. Camellia Grill® Destin is located in Harbor Walk Village on Highway 98 at the foot of the Destin Bridge, the Western-most point of Destin. Address:
2 Harbor Blvd.
 Destin, FL 32541
 (850) 650-2907

Experience a magical Easter Brunch at 7 on Fulton

Sunday, April 12, 2009 11am-3pm
$65 per person * Children’s menu available upon request

With so many treats you’ll revel in the abundance of superb cuisine
and exquisite sweets. This Easter, treat your family and friends to
7 on Fulton’s Easter Celebration and let us spoil you. After all, the bunny comes only once a year, so let us help you make this
holiday your most memorable.

Sample Menu items include…

Amuse Bouche
Crab and citrus salad

Crispy Soft Shell Crab
Mustard greens, Game stock, Creole mustard emulsion

Pan Fried Sweet Breads
Vidalia onions, crabmeat, Beurre Noisette

Oyster and Artichoke Soup
Crème fraiche, Garlic toast

Endive Salad
Watercress, Pears, Blue Cheese

Roasted Rack of Lamb
Spring salad, Roasted fingerling potatoes, Strawberry Glaze

Beef Tornadoes
Oyster Mushrooms, Squash puree, Brandy and red wine sauce

Mint Cured Salmon
Fava beans, Serrano Ham, Chablis Nage

Wild Caught Grouper
Marinated grapes and tomatoes, pickled onions, Crispy potatoes

Veal Scaloppini
Fricassee of spring vegtables, Lemon caper sauce

Key Lime Parfait

Gram cracker crust, Creole cream cheese

Strawberry Bread Pudding
Spiced caramel, Vanilla Emulsion

Chilled Banana Cream Soup
Brown sugar gelle, Fresh mint

Chocolate Cake
Candied beets, Raspberry- beet sauce
For reservations and information call (504) 525-7555

*Tax and Gratuity not included


Modeled after the prestigious Boston Wine Festival, the dinners, hosted by either the winemaker or proprietor, will showcase wines from California, Oregon and Italy. Building on the success of previous years, founder Daniel Bruce and Nationally Acclaimed Chef Michael Farrell of Le Meritage at the Maison Dupuy have invited eleven phenomenal wineries to participate. Dishes for each dinner will be crea! ted to compliment the vintner’s selections.  We welcome you to become part of this year’s festivities and look forward to seeing you at the 3rd Annual French Quarter Wine Festival.

April 17
Closing Reception
Reception, 7 p.m., $65

The 3rd Annual French Quarter Wine Festival concludes with a celebration of some of the year’s favorite wines as well as a preview of wineries y! ou can look forward to experiencing in 2010. As you enjoy a st! ellar se lection of wines, you will savor a signature buffet of white and red wine inspired dishes.

Room Packages begin at $79, based on availability.

Please call 504-648-6115.
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Come Celebrate Easter at The Grill Room in The Windsor Court
Easter Sunday
April 12, 2009
11:00am – 2:30pm

Appetizer Buffet
Pates &Terrines to Include: Duck a L’Orange, Smoked Salmon with Pistachio and Truffles, Tri-Color Vegetable Terrine, Terrine Forestiere and
Smoked Duck Breast
Selection of Imported and Domestic Cheeses
Seafood Raw Bar to Include: Clams, Oysters, Shrimp, Smoked Salmon, Smoked Mackerel, Smoked Trout and Smoked Whitefish
Soup or Salad
Louisiana Crawfish Bisque
Spring Onion with Parmesan Truffle Croutons
Arugula and Endive Lettuces
Toasted Almonds, Mountain Gorgonzola, Cured Tomatoes White Balsamic Vinaigrette
Baby Lettuces
Shaved English Cucumber, Grape tomatoes, Sherry Vinaigrette

Seared Local Red Fish
Poached Oysters, Ditali Pasta, Truffle Broth
Grilled Filet of Angus Beef
Marscapone Potato Puree, White Asparagus, Bordelaise 
Pork Osso Bucco
White Bean Salad, Dried Cherries, Pine Nuts, Sherry Vinegar-Pork Jus
Roasted Rack of Colorado Lamb
English Peas, Morel Mushrooms, Carnaroli Risotto
Roasted Texas Quail
Garlic Stone Ground Grits, Tasso, Shrimp Gravy

Dessert Buffet

Pistachio Cheesecake, Raspberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Coated plain cheesecake,
 Bread Pudding, Carrot Cake, Strawberry Shortcake, Homemade Peeps, Mousse in Chocolate Cups, Macaroons, Pecan Pie, Chocolate Torte, Lemon Squares, Ganache Tarts, Fresh Fruit Tarts, Chocolate Fountain, Assorted Chocolate Truffles
Coffee Service

Includes a glass of Sparkling Wine

$37.50++ Children ages 10 and under

For Reservations, please call 522-1994
Chef Drew Dzejzak
Pastry Chef Shun Li Shun