New Orleans Magazine - February 2013

Restaurant Updates: Premiere Places

By the time this magazine reaches you, Dickie Brennan’s newest venture, Tableau, should be open for business. The restaurant is housed next to Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré on Jackson Square and has dining rooms and bars spread over…

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday resonates in New Orleans more than in most places because of the way we live the day before. There would be less purpose in saying “farewell to flesh” were we not previously so consumed by flesh of all…

Leah Chase: The Foundation

In her long and extraordinary career, Leah Chase has racked up many of the honors that chefs and restaurateurs covet from the culinary world. But the accolades have reached much farther than that, reflecting her contributions to civil rights, education,…

Carnival’s Most Irresponsible Act

Recently there was an active email discussion between Carnival krewe captains and the police about a proposal by one captain to put a float in parades designed as a target for spectators to throw beads. This reasoning was not to exercise arms…

Help a Mardi Gras First-Timer

If you’ve lived in New Orleans long enough that you say “Carnival” instead of “Mardi Gras,” you know how to navigate New Orleans’ favorite season. But if you’ve invited a friend who has never celebrated Mardi Gras in New Orleans…

Marching Orders: Mardi Gras and the Military

If you had to keep the peace, this was the way to do it. In 1979 there were no Carnival parades in New Orleans because of a police strike. But the Teamsters Union, which was behind the strike, couldn’t erase…

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Carnival Cocktail Recipe

In all the world there’s nothing like Carnival season in New Orleans. This month, streets in every part of the metro area become stages for a celebration that’s widespread but personal and enthusiastic. It is the annual party we throw…

Cedric George Givens, King Zulu 2013

One of the most coveted throws of the New Orleans Carnival season is the famous coconut. As a Carnival tradition dating back to about 1910, the coconut has had a storied history: Not only is it a cult favorite (people…

DINING GUIDE

French Master Chef Reopens at Renaissance Hotel 700 Tchoupitoulas St., 613-2350 When Bistro René in the Pere Marquette closed several years ago, hearts sank throughout the city. Chef René Bajeux was always a front-runner in the now trendy “local is…

Reborn on the Bayou

Bayou St. John played a crucial role in the founding and growth of New Orleans, providing faster access for early settlers and traders to the nascent city. It served as a commercial waterway for many generations thereafter, and today it’s…

Read&Spin

CD She has been called the Macy Gray of New Orleans, and when you hear her EP “OnlyElon,” you’ll understand why Elon Hornsby deserves the comparison. The Houma native and graduate of the Agnes Scott College in Atlanta writes all…

Shades of Gray

From oyster pearls to platinum, pewter and metallic sheen – no matter your fantasy (or pleasure), shades of gray can turn you on to this season’s unexpected trend.

New Orleans’ Theater Boom Means More Than Popcorn

There is a renaissance afoot in downtown New Orleans for historic theaters. But as marquees snap back to light, their return promises more than just new entertainment options. They could prove important new anchors for the area’s long-term revitalization goals.…

Coastal Carnival – Why It Ain’t Right

Some things should stay where God put them. They just don’t do so good transplanted. Like polar bears. And banana trees. And Mardi Gras. I am not talking about the Mardi Gras like in Rio, because that’s a whole other thing. From…

Healthbeat

Ochsner Medical Center-Kenner is, as of press time, the only hospital in Louisiana to be equipped with the Nanoknife. The surgical device – which is not actually a knife – is used to eliminate malignant tumors. The tool uses high…