From Syrah to Shrimp Stuffing, Briquette & New Orleans Creole Cookery Bring Flavorful Fun to Fall

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November is chock full of good eats and drinks at Briquette and sister restaurant New Orleans Creole Cookery, two top-notch establishments from the famed New Orleans Tusa restaurant family. Located downtown and in the French Quarter respectively, these restaurants offer locals and visitors both contemporary and traditional approaches to New Orleans cuisine.  

This year, Briquette’s wine and cocktail dinner series has given foodies a welcome distraction from the limited options for food- and beverage-centered entertainment. The popular series continues with a five-course wine dinner at the spacious downtown restaurant at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 12.

“We’re excited to invite diners to ‘fall’ in love with Jackson Family Wines and the flavors of the season with this new wine dinner,” says Anna Tusa, Proprietor. “This family-owned and run wine company offers a number of distinguished wines from all around the world,” she says.

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Guests will be greeted by a fresh rosé upon arrival and will receive a different wine pairing with each course.  The 2018 Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc will accompany a starter of Grilled Pesto Shrimp before the 2018 Diatom “Bar-M” Chardonnay arrives alongside a Sweet Potato Sage soup. An arugula salad featuring prosciutto, candied pecans, shaved parmesan and truffle dressing then pairs delicately with the 2016 Willakenzie Estate Pinot Noir.

The main dish from Executive Chef Peter Isaac and Chef John Trinh will be Pork Tournedos Madeira with Parmesan Polenta and Roasted Broccolini served with a glass of the 2016 Cambria “Tepusquet” Syrah. Finally, Pumpkin Trifles with end the night on a sweet note accompanied by Anna’s Housemade Cognac Cider.

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Reservations for the November 12 wine dinner may be made via OpenTable or by calling Briquette at 504-302-7496. The dinner runs $125 per person.  

On Thanksgiving Day, both Briquette and New Orleans Creole Cookery are taking away the guess work of who in the family will shoulder the holiday cooking—both restaurants will offer a special three-course Creole Thanksgiving feast alongside their regular menus. The Thanksgiving menu starts with a cup of steaming gumbo before the main course: Oven-roasted Turkey Breast with Gravy, Shrimp and Crab dressing, Cajun Dirty Rice, Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole with a hint of bourbon, Fresh Haricot Verts, and Grand Marnier Cranberry Relish. The dessert course features a decadent Pumpkin Pie. 

Both restaurants will be open and serving the $45 Thanksgiving menu from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, November, 26, 2020. Reservations may be made by calling the restaurants or via OpenTable. 

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