Haute Plates - April 2013

Death and Food

I've had a hell of a time the past few days. My 10-month-old daughter ran a fever between 100 and 104 degrees from Saturday until Wednesday morning and now has a rash from the tip of her delicious toes to…

A New Chef for 5 fifty 5 and Classics on Chartres

I have never met chef Thorsten Leighty, but from his name I imagine he resembles some sort of cross between a viking and a fairy. When I do eventually meet him I will try not to let my disappointment show…

Dîner en What?

I first received an email about Dîner en Blanc a few weeks ago. “Dear Robert Peyton,” the email started, “Congratulations! If you received this email, it's because you have been invited to join Le Dîner en Blanc - New Orleans…

A New Gumbo and Peche

Not long ago I got an email from a guy named Matt Del Vecchio, alerting me to his start-up, Laugh Eat Foods. He offered to send me a sample of the shelf-stable gumbo they're selling under the brand New Orleans…