Cocktails & Wine

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Women, wine and heart disease — Dr. Meredith Maxwell of Touro Hospital and everyone’s favorite wine myth

Posted By on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Conventional wisdom says that red wine is heart-healthy, but does science agree? - STEPHAN KRAUSE/CREATIVE COMMONS
  • STEPHAN KRAUSE/CREATIVE COMMONS
  • Conventional wisdom says that red wine is heart-healthy, but does science agree?

The nomenclature can be confusing.

Heart disease, coronary artery disease, cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease — and don’t get started on the acronyms (CAD, CVD, CHD, etc.) — it’s hard to know if you’re sick or eating alphabet soup. Each of these terms refer to a condition that falls under the umbrella of heart disease. Some of these specific diseases are derivatives, or the result of worsening heart disease, but they all point to the same underlying problem, and the same outcome if untreated.

In the 1940s, heart disease was responsible for half of all U.S. deaths, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As of 2014, that number had been reduced to 614,348 deaths — down to about 4 percent of all deaths nationwide. Even though heart disease is often thought of as a “man’s disease,” the truth is that it kills just as many women as it does men. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in 4 male and female deaths were caused by heart disease in 2013.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Royalty in a glass: A Q&A with Russ Bergeron of The Roosevelt New Orleans

Posted By on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 3:12 PM

The Sazerac Bar at The Roosevelt New Orleans features Carnival-inspired cocktails fit for a king or queen.
  • The Sazerac Bar at The Roosevelt New Orleans features Carnival-inspired cocktails fit for a king or queen.

Russ Bergeron, beverage manager and sommelier at The Roosevelt New Orleans, shares his favorite Carnival cocktails and two drink recipes to get readers into the Mardi Gras groove.

Gambit: What do you do at the Roosevelt (other than taste booze all day)?

Bergeron: I’m in charge of beverage selection at the Sazerac Bar, the Fountain Lounge Teddy’s Cafe, the Rooftop Bar and in-room dining. I’m in charge of the beverage menus and of training staff on wines and spirits.

When you come up with drinks or design cocktail menus, what is your idea flavor palate?

It depends on the season. I consider the season first, then gravitate to spirits. For spring, I turn to clear liquors. Gin is really popular right now, along with mescal and tequila. We pair them with bright flavors like citrus, herbs like basil and mint, and cucumbers. I start by choosing a base spirit and then pick a backup spirit or cordial based on the flavor profile. I’m on a gin kick myself right now — on a recent trip to (Alameda,) California, I brought back St. George (Spirits) gin, which has replaced Hendrix on our menu. This gin is great — it’s distilled in an old airplane hangar. We put it in a (seasonal) specialty cocktail called The Rose, and it’s so popular it may have to stay on our regular menu. We’re selling so much of it the distillery in Alameda can’t keep up with our demand for their gin.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Sippin' Santa Surf Shack menu spreads cheer at Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 4:59 PM

... And a Parrot in a Palm Tree is one of the holiday cocktails on the Sippin' Santa's Surf Shack menu at Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29. - NOAH FECKS
  • NOAH FECKS
  • ... And a Parrot in a Palm Tree is one of the holiday cocktails on the Sippin' Santa's Surf Shack menu at Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29.

Beechbum Berry's Latitude 29 (321 N. Peters St., 504-609-3811) raises holiday spirits with a special menu of Christmas-themed drinks. Jeff "Beachbum" Berry and Latitude 29 bartender Brad Smith created drinks for a special holiday menu shared by three bars in New Orleans, Chicago and New York.

Berry's Nantucket Sleigh-ride features El Dorado eight-year-old rum, Coruba Dark Jamaican Rum, apricot brandy, St. Elizabeth Allspice dram, lime and grapefruit. The pop-up menu of nine cocktails is available Dec. 1-24.

Latitude 29 joined New York bar Boilermaker and Chicago bar Lost Lake in creating the list. Dubbed "Sippin' Santa's Surf Shack," all three bars are serving the drinks in special holiday glasses and will play specially curated holiday tunes.

The full Santa's Surf Shack menu is after the jump.

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Restaurant news for Dat Dog, Meril and Rock-n-Sake

Posted By on Fri, Nov 4, 2016 at 10:23 AM

Meril, Emeril Lagasse's new Warehouse District restaurant, is launching a daily happy hour starting Nov. 14. - HELEN FREUND
  • HELEN FREUND
  • Meril, Emeril Lagasse's new Warehouse District restaurant, is launching a daily happy hour starting Nov. 14.

Hot dog hotspot Dat Dog (5030 Freret St., 504-899-6883) hosts an election night party Nov. 8 at the Freret Street location with food specials, trivia and prizes. There are red and blue beer specials and live election coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. Voters wearing this year’s Blue Dog “I Voted” sticker will get $5 hot dogs at the event.

Emeril Lagasse’s new Warehouse District restaurant Meril (424 Girod St., 504-526-3745) is launching a daily happy hour with drink and food specials.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Culture Collision is Wednesday

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 6:05 PM

Culture Collision is at the National World War II Museum's U.S. Freedom Pavilion
  • Culture Collision is at the National World War II Museum's U.S. Freedom Pavilion

Culture Collision, a happy hour hosted by local arts and cultural organizations to share info about their programs and upcoming seasons, is 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31 at the National World War II Museum's U.S. Freedom Pavilion. There are more than 50 arts organizations, short performances by some participating groups, a cash bar, raffles and more.

Participating groups range from museums and theater companies to film groups and festivals. They include Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Shotgun Cinema, The NOLA Project, New Orleans Ballet Association, Marigny Opera House, OperaCreole, Ashe Cultural Arts Center, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans Film Society, French Quarter Festivals, WWNO 89.9 and others. There's an updated list here.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

More love for Shaya and Cane & Table from national magazines

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2016 at 5:56 PM

Chef Alon Shaya. - COURTESY BESH RESTAURANT GROUP
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  • Chef Alon Shaya.
Chef Alon Shaya's namesake restaurant is on a roll. The restaurant was named Best New Restaurant in America at the James Beard Foundation awards in May, and Shaya was named Best Chef: South by the group in 2015. Esquire's Tom Junod named Shaya the magazine's restaurant of the year in March. And Shaya (4213 Magazine St., 504-891-4213) also drew recent accolades from Saveur and Garden & Gun, among others.

This week, GQ included Shaya among its top restaurants in America. Written by New Orleanian Brett Martin, the survey explores dining trends from New York to Los Angeles, as well as cities less well known for dining, such as Atlanta. Martin reflects on everything from yacht club restaurants to more casual concepts, such as David Chang's chicken sandwich concept Fuku, and Shake Shack creator Danny Meyer's Chick'n Shack. 

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Derby Day roundup: Six ways to celebrate the Kentucky Derby Saturday

Posted By on Wed, May 4, 2016 at 11:14 AM

Horses thunder out of the gate at the 2012 Thanksgiving Handicap. - PHOTO COURTESY FAIR GROUNDS RACE COURSE AND SLOTS
  • Photo courtesy Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots
  • Horses thunder out of the gate at the 2012 Thanksgiving Handicap.


Though the horse racing season at the Fair Grounds has ended, New Orleans has a larger-than-usual stake in this year’s Kentucky Derby. Local sports mogul Tom Benson’s racing stable GMB Racing owns two Derby contenders (Mo Tom and Tom’s Ready), while other horses have Louisiana connections. Locally, several restaurants and bars will celebrate with Derby parties. Another reason for day-drinking in a fun outfit? Well, twist my arm. 

The functions listed below will help you toast the Derby in style. For novices, post time is 5:34 p.m. (CST) and the race lasts about two minutes, so resist the temptation to arrive fashionably late. Instead, get there early and settle into a cocktail or three.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Bartenders mix holiday spirits at Tales of the Toddy Dec. 17

Posted By on Thu, Dec 10, 2015 at 12:05 PM

Cane & Table's Nick Detrich and Chris Hannah of French 75 at Arnaud's competed at Tales of the Toddy in 2014. - CHRIS MAC
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  • Cane & Table's Nick Detrich and Chris Hannah of French 75 at Arnaud's competed at Tales of the Toddy in 2014.

There will be an excess of holiday spirits at Tales of the Toddy Thursday, Dec. 17, as 52 local bartenders compete in the holiday drink competition sponsored by Tales of the Cocktail. The 10th annual holiday event features special drinks from 26 teams, food from area restaurants and more.

The mixologist roster includes Kimberly Patton-Bragg of Three Muses, Paul Gustings of Broussard's Empire Bar, Mark Schettler of Bar Tonique, Nick Detrich of Cane & Table, Braden LaGrone of Cure, Abigail Gullo of Compere Lapin, Chris Hannah of Arnaud's French 75, Steve Yamada of Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29, Nathan Dalton of The Catahoula and many others. Bartenders work in pairs and made a drink using spirits they were assigned in a random drawing. They don't have to make hot drinks or nogs, but there are some of those styles of drinks. Matt Lofink and Michale Yusko of Bellocq created No Woman, No Nog using Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey, Madeira, banana cinnamon syrup, heavy cream and an egg yolk. Gusting's Making Southern Punch combines Maker's 46 bourbon, Praline Pecan liqueur, El Guapo Sweet Potato Spiced Syrup, heavy cream and cinnamon. Quetzalcoatl's Curse is Mexican hot chocolate spiked with Milagro Reposado tequila.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Y@ Speak: famous friends

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Louisiana political leaders love a good photo op with the stars: last week, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne spent some time with the Chris Gaines and Billy Nungesser palled around with Boone from Lost. Also: the U.S. House supports Team Gleason, Anderson Cooper ate a snoball, and Wendell Pierce issued a couple sick burns. Meanwhile, New Orleans avoided at all costs or was gleefully swimming in the dunk tank of Tales of the Cocktail. 

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29 named to Esquire's list of top bars

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2015 at 12:27 PM

Jeff "Beachbum" Berry at his tiki bar Latitude 29. - CHERYL GERBER
  • CHERYL GERBER
  • Jeff "Beachbum" Berry at his tiki bar Latitude 29.


Esquire issues a couple of annual lists naming the nation's top bars and new restaurants. Drinks expert David Wondrich compiled the magazine's "2015 Best Bars in America" list, and it features Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29, (321 N. Peters St., 504-609-3811), the French Quarter lounge and restaurant featuring tiki drinks Jeff Berry has spent his career collecting and refining, including relics from tiki founders Trader Vic and Donn the Beachcomber. 

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