Restaurants

Couvant Announces New Executive Chef

  NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Chef Elliot Cunniff has returned to New Orleans to take the reins as executive chef at Couvant. Elliot has been intimately involved with the restaurant since opening, helping to create the original concept, test…

Head Where Catfish Is King

  Interstate 10 can clog up around Baton Rouge at certain times of the day, so sometimes we opt to travel Highway 90 when heading to New Orleans, a more relaxing drive through the wetlands of South Louisiana. On one…

Guide to Game-Day Specials Throughout New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The New Orleans Saints are coming back with a vengeance, kicking off the regular season on Monday, Sept. 9. Revel in game-day watch party’s and WHO DAT spirited specials at these New Orleans hotspots: Jack…

Beignets and Beets

  I am a sucker for fried things, particularly fried things that combine sweet and savory flavors. It will come as no surprise therefore that I am a fan of beignets. I have fond memories of eating them with my…

Compère Lapin Introduces New Cocktail Program & Head Bartender

  NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Compère Lapin’s cocktail program has received numerous awards and accolades since Chef Nina Compton’s flagship restaurant first opened in New Orleans’ Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery in June 2015. Not content to rest…

What A Week!

Item: I am very happy that I have knives that take a sharp edge and the tools to keep them that way right up until I slice off the tip of a finger or, in this case, a thumb. Bad…

A Few Hot Dining Deals to Beat The Damned Heat

  An enthusiastic cook at heart, as August rolls around I want nothing to do with the heat boiling in my kitchen. These days I am prone to skipping meals altogether or I might just pick them up at Made…

Copper Vine To Host Rosé Soirée August 17

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Celebrate Rosé at Copper Vine – New Orleans’ charming eatery in the CBD – for a not-to-be-missed event of the summer. Copper Vine’s “Between the Vines” wine dinner series continues with an exclusive Rosé Soirée…

Get 'Cool' This Month with Coolinary

  Today kicks off the doldrums of August, the heat sucks and, yes, we are collectively sick to death of it. That said, a slew of dining and cultural deals also kick off today and run through the rest of…

Meauxbar’s Summer Dinner Series: Globally-Inspired Vegetarian

  NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Wednesday, July 31, Meauxbar will be continuing its Summer Dinner series with a special globally-inspired vegetarian theme. Guests will enjoy a delicious three course meal featuring the best global, seasonal, and vegetarian ingredients. Located…

A Closing on Banks Street

  Echo’s Pizza is closing, according to Ian McNulty of the Times Picayune/Advocate, who wrote a typically well-reported piece earlier this week. When I heard the news, my first thought was about the beautiful wood-burning oven, which is indeed beautiful…

Brunch, Fried Chicken and a Trip to the Caribbean Islands

  On Saturday the Crescent City Cafe (3900 St. Charles Ave., crescentcitycafe.com) will host its annual Me + 3  Brunch Fundraiser. A $20 donation will cover your brunch plus 3 meals for future Cafe guests, most of whom are homeless.…

Pythian Market Announces Willie Mae Scotch House as Newest Vendor

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Today, Pythian Market announced its newest vendor, Willie Mae's Scotch House, which will be opening a location in the food hall in mid-August. Pythian Market, an urban food hall located in the Central Business District, provides…

A Night Out At Rizzuto's

NEW ORLEANS – On the corner of Harrison Avenue and Fleur de Lis Drive in Lakeview sits a newer neighborhood favorite hotspot that offers guests and visitors, in my non-Italian opinion, a pretty authentic Italian culinary experience. This week, the…

Restaurants and Criticism

  I was reminded the other day that Piece of Meat was named one of the 10 best new restaurants in the country by Food & Wine.  That was awesome for the folks behind Piece of Meat, which is a place…

Bellegarde Bakery Announces New Retail Opening Date

  NEW ORLEANS (press release) - After cancelling the company's retail opening due to Tropical Storm Barry, Bellegarde’s retail bakery will officially open this Saturday, July 20. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.; on opening day, Bellegarde…

Bellegarde Announces Retail Bakery Opening Date Saturday, July 13

NOTE (7/11/19, 11:50 a.m.): due to impending weather, Bellegarde is postponing their retail opening! More info to come!   NEW ORLEANS (press release)—Bellegarde Bakery, a nationally-recognized leader in the fields of artisan bread and stone-milling, announced today that its highly-anticipated…

Guest Bartender Series Continues At Bywater American Bistro

  NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Since launching its Guest Bartender series last year, Bywater American Bistro (BABs) has attracted cocktail enthusiasts each month throughout the summer to see what local cocktail experts are slinging behind the bar. On Sunday,…

Cocktails are of the Essence

  For the next few days thousands of people will converge on New Orleans for the festival some refer to as the party with a purpose. Essence Festival is celebrating 25 years and pulling out all the stops with its…