Misty Milioto has been a writer and editor for luxury lifestyle publications for the past 22 years. The majority of her work has been with Modern Luxury’s suite of 85-plus regional magazines, including Aspen Magazine, San Francisco Magazine and Scottsdale Magazine. She has also written for publications including Sunset Magazine and Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, and she has regular columns in New Orleans Magazine, New Orleans Homes and New Orleans Bride. Misty also oversees a luxury lifestyle blog at girlwilltravel.com. She loves everything from exotic destinations and luxury resorts to food and wine—and everything in between. She completed her 500-hour yoga teacher training in December 2020, and, in her free time, she enjoys the bounty of foodie goodness in New Orleans.
Gianna, the Italian restaurant nominated for Best New Restaurant in America 2019 by the James Beard Foundation, has introduced an all-day menu on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and a rustic Italian brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Friday all-day menu features antipasti favorites (think ribollita soup and grilled lion’s mane mushroom), plus items like spaghetti and clams, pesce del giorno and fire-roasted chicken. Several brunch items also make a special appearance on the all-day menu. The brunch menu includes dishes like semolina pancakes, lamb sausage gravy with creamy polenta, ricotta gnocchi, eggs alla Gianna and much more. 700 Magazine St., 504-399-0816, giannarestaurant.com
Culinary Journey Through Egypt
Queen Nefertari’s Egypt is a new exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art on view through July 17. In honor of the exhibition, Executive Chef Chris Montero of the museum’s restaurant, Café Noma—in collaboration with Dina Daniel and Khaled Hegazzi—is presenting dishes that showcase Egyptian culinary customs and the culinary evolution from ancient to modern times. Menu items may include Gebna Maleyah, (fried feta cheese), Haman Mahshi (stuffed quail), Kunafa (pastry with rose water and pistachio), along with falafel, hummus, dolmas and more. Also be sure to check out Nefertari Hour—an afternoon happy hour featuring flatbreads, wines, cocktails and floral teas. 1 Collins Diboll Circle, 381-5107, cafenoma.com
Mexican Food Memberships
Otra Vez, the South Market District Mexican restaurant owned by award-winning chef, restaurateur, TV-personality and cookbook author, Akhtar Nawab, has started two monthly membership programs. With the "Journey Through Mexico Experience," members can enjoy Chef Nawab’s acclaimed recipes and cuisine in the comfort of their own home. And with the Mexican Pantry and Provisions Club, members will receive ingredients that will level up their home cooking. Local delivery is available as is nationwide shipping. 1001 Julia St., 354-8194, otraveznola.com
This year, the James Beard Foundation’s chef and restaurant award nominees include several names that are tops in New Orleans. Best Chef: South nominees (presented by Capital One, by region) include Blake Aguillard and Trey Smith of Saint-Germain, Melissa M. Martin of Mosquito Supper Club and Isaac Toups of Toups’ Meatery. Meanwhile, the Emerging Chef nominees (presented by S. Pellegrino Sparkling Mineral Water) includes Serigne Mbaye of Dakar Nola. And Brennan’s, a grande dame of New Orleans dining, has been named as a nominee in the Outstanding Restaurant category. jamesbeard.org
Cooking School is in Session
The New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute has announced its lineup of 2022 Enthusiast Classes—the first that will be open to the public since the start of the pandemic. Led by local chefs, the interactive classes cover everything from regional foodways to international cuisine. On May 6 from 6-8 p.m., join Adolfo Garcia (La Boca and High Hat Café) for a lively demonstration dinner while learning about different empanada types and fillings. And on May 21 from 6-8 p.m., join Hieu Than (formerly of Kin) for a ramen intensive covering everything from homemade noodles to flavorful broths and the best condiments to use. 725 Howard Ave., 504-891-4060, nochi.org
From Paris With Love
Couvant, the French brasserie connected to the Eliza Jane Hotel, recently reopened after a hiatusbrought about by COVID-19. Executive chef Ryan Pearson, who recently returned to New Orleans after spending several years in New York and Paris, describes the new menu as “elevated French cuisine infused with Southern soul.” Offering both breakfast and dinner (with brunch and lunch service coming later this year), the restaurant features photo-worthy interior décor, artwork from a rotating group of New Orleans artists, updates to the restaurant’s raw bar (now serving as a semi-open kitchen), new outdoor café table seating on Magazine Street, expanded courtyard dining and more. 315 Magazine St., 504-342-2316, couvant.com.