NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Starting July 2, Coquette‘s “No Menu Tuesdays” summer dining series is back for its sixth year in a row. Every Tuesday July through September, the Garden District restaurant, led by co-executive chefs Michael Stoltzfus and Kristen Essig, will once again offer guests five courses of delicious mystery off a single theme for $45 per person.
What started as “just a way for us in the kitchen to have fun and experiment” as Stoltzfus puts it, has turned into a successful and highly anticipated dining series in New Orleans. How?
Maybe it’s the allure of its mystery, or the unmatched price point (which has remained at $45 for the last 6 years – inflation aside), or the draw of the celebrated names of Stoltzfus and Essig, multi-time James Beard Best Chef South finalists, behind the operation whom have cemented the notion of “prepare and serve what’s in season” a hallmark of Coquette’s dining ethos. Or maybe its large success comes from the enjoyable and underrated absence of choice in dining for patrons. Or the giddy anticipation to see how a five course meal, including dessert, all centered around a theme of shrimp unfolds.
Whatever its reason for success, which is likely a combination of each of the aforementioned, Coquette’s No Menu Tuesdays dining series is truly, to its core, unique, unrivaled and unprecedented in New Orleans’ culinary landscape.
The themes for this July’s No Menu Tuesdays are the following:
– July 2: Mastering the Art of French Cooking
– July 9: Wine Guy
– July 16: Junior League
– July 23: Hawaii 504 with guests Nick Dietrich and Chef Ryan Prewitt
– July 30: Single Ingredient Dinner; Louisiana Rice