NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Chefs and longtime friends Alison Vega-Knoll and Chris Wilson are excited to announce Larder is now open. The gourmet market and eatery, located at 3005 Veterans Blvd. in Metairie, encompasses a large kitchen that produces meals-to-go and chef prepared basics for family meals at home, as well as a full range of menu items available for breakfast and lunch. “This has been a dream of ours for a long time,” said Vega-Knoll. “Chris and I have crafted a menu that brings people together to celebrate—dishes we have shared with our own families for years—and foods we can’t wait for you to share with yours.”
Vega-Knoll and Wilson completely renovated the existing building to create Larder, allowing for limited indoor and outdoor seating. The chef duo focuses on quick meals and dishes made for family meals at home but also offer a daily breakfast and lunch restaurant-style menu for dine-in and take-out. The market side of Larder offers an extensive cheese and charcuterie case, Cajun Caviar selections, ready-to-serve items such as soups, salads, vegetables and sides, and meat and seafood entrees. The items in the refrigerated cases will change regularly based on product availability and seasonality. Shoppers will also find unique, chef-sourced products—oils and vinegars; spices, mustards, and dressings; gourmet nuts, popcorn, and candies; and crackers, polenta, pasta, grains, and rice. Gelato from local purveyor Piccola Gelateria is available daily, and an extensive selection of coffee and tea is provided by local roastery French Truck Coffee. To perfectly complete a meal, Larder also sells wine and beer. “Sourcing the products for sale and those we use in our dishes has been a labor of love,” said Wilson. “Alison and I use these items in our own kitchens, so we know they offer the best quality and flavors available.”
The restaurant menu bakery selection includes various items, such as bagels, quick breads, scones, and quiches. The sweet shop offers cookies, cupcakes, brownies, and gelato. Six breakfast dishes include Amy’s egg sandwich, white cheddar & roast pork grit bowl, and fontal crepe, as well as several side options. More than a half dozen sandwiches include a Cuban, meatloaf, citrus shrimp gyro, roasted vegetable, and prosciutto di parma. Salad and soup options include a crispy Asian chicken salad, steak house salad, grilled shrimp and street corn salad, Wilson’s chowder, and a soup of the day. A kids lunch menu is also available.
Deli case items are available for grab-and-go. Larder is open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Breakfast is served 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., sandwiches, salads, and soups are served from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The deli cases are refreshed all day long. Larder also has a convenient drive-through for coffee, tea, bakery items, and sweets.