Haute Plates - May 2010

"Northern" Italian

Some of the best food in the world is simple. That’s a lesson I’ve learned over 30 years or so of paying attention to food and cooking. That doesn’t mean that it’s easy to produce good food, even with the…

Oil and Water

There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon. The precise volume of oil and natural gas escaping from the ruptured well is the subject of debate, as is the size of the slick…

Link’s Flagship Sails On

Donald Link opened Herbsaint at 701 St. Charles Ave. in October of 2000. He was assisted in designing the restaurant’s concept and menu by Susan Spicer, who was initially a partner in the venture. Herbsaint has been Link’s alone for…

Casual Atmosphere, Elevated Cuisine

Dick & Jenny’s became wildly popular not long after it opened in 1999. Owners Dick and Jenny Benz caught a wave of enthusiasm for inventive food served in a casual atmosphere and rode it to success. Although the Benzes sold…