Two Ends of the “Paired-Courses Dinner” Spectrum


Stokehold, the restaurant in the Port Orleans Brewery, is one of my favorite new restaurants. I’ve written about the place before, but I’ve just learned that chefs Tim Bordes, Phillip Mariano and Jeremy Wolgamott are starting a series of three-course beer tasting dinners; here’s the information on Stokehold’s Facebook page:

This is a one of a kind dining experience guaranteed to satisfy your hunger, thirst, and your mind. Learn how the chefs of Stokehold pair dishes with Port Orleans beers.

For $45, you’ll taste multiple beers alongside base flavors to learn what pairs perfectly with your taste buds. After the tasting lesson, you’ll enjoy a 3-course meal with the beers that pair best with each one.

Seating is limited to 20 people. Call the Port Orleans Tasting Room to make a reservation: (504) 266-2332

The first dinner will be held Dec. 20, and they’ll continue every other Wednesday thereafter. I’d give them a call soon if you’re interested in attending. As I write, I don’t have the menu, but Stokehold is one of those places where I always have trouble choosing between pretty much everything on the menu; that’s saying something because the menu changes frequently. I’m not sure I’ll be able to attend the dinner next Wednesday, but I’ll make one before long.

Stokehold is a fairly casual place, as befits a food operation within a brewery’s tasting room. The food is more ambitious and interesting than that image conveys, but there are no white tablecloths and service is informal. Galatoire’s is, it’s fair to say, somewhat higher end.

The sharp kids at Nola Eater recently posted about an upcoming wine dinner at Galatoire’s that I will definitely not be attending, because the money tree in my backyard was tragically killed by the recent cold weather. The dinner features the wines of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – widely considered among the best in the world and priced accordingly. 

The Jan. 12 dinner featuring four different Romanée-Conti wines will cost $1,500 per person, a price that is slightly more than I am comfortable paying for a single meal even if the menu looks outstanding. There will be very few seats available, mainly because the wines are so rare that there simply won’t be that many bottles available. As soon as I finish writing this I am going to do my level best to forget the event exists in the hope I will not die from jealousy, but if you attend I’d love to hear about your experience so that I can live vicariously through you.



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