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Friday, July 22, 2016

COOLinary New Orleans kicks off Aug. 1

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 11:15 AM

Commander's Palace is one of more than 65 restaurants offering dining deals during the month of August as part of the COOLinary New Orleans promotion. - COURTESY COOLINARY NEW ORLEANS
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  • Commander's Palace is one of more than 65 restaurants offering dining deals during the month of August as part of the COOLinary New Orleans promotion.

Beat the heat with dining deals during the month of August when COOLinary New Orleans kicks off the annual summertime restaurant promotion.

The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau announced the lineup of restaurants for its 12th annual restaurant promotion, which features deals on prix-fixe menus at participating eateries throughout the city and runs August 1-31.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Restaurant news for Seaworthy, Barrel Proof

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 2:36 PM

Barrel Proof Kitchen is now serving food at Barrel Proof Wednesdays through Saturdays. - COURTESY BARREL PROOF/FACEBOOK
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  • Barrel Proof Kitchen is now serving food at Barrel Proof Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Ace Hotel
oyster and cocktail hub Seaworthy  (630 Carondelet St.) has a soft-opening period starting next week. The new spot, next to the Carondelet Street boutique hotel, will serve a limited menu during limited hours for a 10-day soft-opening stretch beginning July 21. Representatives for the hotel say the restaurant and bar will open full swing August 1.

The renovated historic Creole townhouse is connected to the hotel property and includes an upstairs and downstairs bar, as well as several dining areas, including a spacious patio.

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Noodle & Pie robbed at gunpoint Thursday night

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 9:58 AM

Employees at Uptown restaurant Noodle & Pie were robbed at gunpoint Thursday evening, according to New Orleans Police. - CHERYL GERBER
  • CHERYL GERBER
  • Employees at Uptown restaurant Noodle & Pie were robbed at gunpoint Thursday evening, according to New Orleans Police.

For the second time this week, a New Orleans restaurant has been held up at gunpoint.

Police said an armed duo robbed Noodle & Pie (714 State St., 504-252-9431) Thursday, July 14, roughly 48 hours after two gunmen ambushed a group of diners at a Lakeview restaurant.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Trey Herty of Brown Butter wins Gambit's Emerging Chefs Challenge

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 11:06 AM

Sous Chef Justin Ross (center) and a team from Peche Seafood Grill competed at Gambit's Emerging Chef's Challenge. - KAT STROMQUIST
  • KAT STROMQUIST
  • Sous Chef Justin Ross (center) and a team from Peche Seafood Grill competed at Gambit's Emerging Chef's Challenge.

Sous Chef Trey Herty of Brown Butter Southern Kitchen & Bar won Gambit's fourth annual Emerging Chefs Challenge Wednesday night at The Cannery. The competition featured sous chefs from 15 New Orleans restaurants including Restaurant August, Domenica, Shaya, Brennan's New Orleans, Ralph's on the Park, Peche Seafood Grill and Dick & Jenny's.

Herty prepared slow roasted pork belly with peaches, peas and ricotta.

"The chefs (at Brown Butter) told me to try to figure out something that would be accessible but original," Herty said after claiming his trophy and the $1,000 prize.

"Peaches and peas are in season, so I did that," Herty added.

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Village People, The Romantics, Zebra headline Louisiana Seafood Festival Sept. 2-4

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 12:01 AM

Village People will perform at the Louisiana Seafood Festival.
  • Village People will perform at the Louisiana Seafood Festival.

The Louisiana Seafood Festival announced details including the music lineup for its Sept. 2-4 event at New Orleans City Park's Festival Grounds. Headliners include Village People, Blood, Sweat and Tears featuring Bo Bice of American Idol fame, The Romantics, Zebra, Bonerama with George Porter Jr. and others. 

More than 20 restaurants and food trucks will sell food at the festival, including Acme Oyster House, Blue Crab Restaurant, Cafe Giovanni, Dat Dog, Drago's Seafood Restaurant, Galatoire's Restaurant, Luke, Miss Linda The Ya-Ka-Mein Lady, Red Fish Grill, Voleo's, Woody's Fish Tacos and others.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Lakeview Harbor diners held up at gunpoint

Posted By on Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 10:38 AM

Two armed gunmen held up 20 diners at Lakeview Harbor restaurant Tuesday evening (July 12), New Orleans Police said. - COURTESY LAKEVIEW HARBOR/FACEBOOK
  • COURTESY LAKEVIEW HARBOR/FACEBOOK
  • Two armed gunmen held up 20 diners at Lakeview Harbor restaurant Tuesday evening (July 12), New Orleans Police said.

Armed gunmen held up a group of diners at a Lakeview restaurant Tuesday, July 12.

According to a preliminary report from New Orleans police, the ambush took place shortly before 11 p.m. when two men clad all in black wearing ski masks barged into Lakeview Harbor (911 Harrison Ave., 504-486-4887) at the end of dinner service.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Bastille Day Bartender and Waiters Race returns to the French Market Sunday

Posted By on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 10:30 AM

IMAGE COURTESY THE FRENCH MARKET CORPORATION
  • Image courtesy The French Market Corporation

During the nightly theater of dinner service, waiters become minor acrobats, lifting, bending and balancing trays of cocktails, beer bottles and wobbly champagne flutes or martini glasses. The annual Bastille Day Bartender and Waiters Race brings this skill to its absurdist apogee, when service industry professionals face off in an outdoor tray-carrying competition. 

Under a usually-blistering July sun, bartenders and waiters speed-shuffle toward a finish line with a fully loaded tray of glassware and props. Points are docked for spills, and past races have disqualified contestants for dropping items from their trays.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Gambit food writer Helen Freund wins national award

Posted By on Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 12:18 PM

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Gambit food writer Helen Freund won top honors at the Association of Alternative Newsmedia Awards in Austin, Texas July 9. Freund’s stories on blind culinary workers in New Orleans, as well as the restaurant scenes on Tulane Avenue and Kenner’s Williams Boulevard, won first places in the category of Food Writing among papers with a circulation of less than 45,000.

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Freund is a veteran reporter who worked for the New York Post for four years as a general assignment and crime reporter. She covered crime for NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune before moving to Gambit in April 2015. Before moving to New York, Freund reported on dining and nightlife in Seattle. Freund also has worked as a professional chef and attained a culinary degree at Paris’ Le Cordon Bleu.

The Association of Alternative Newsmedia is the umbrella organization for 114 alternative newspapers and websites across North America, each of which focuses on local news, culture and the arts.

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Restaurant news for Tujague’s, Carrollton Market, Josephine Estelle

Posted By on Fri, Jul 8, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Tujague's is celebrating the 160th anniversary of its founding. - COURTESY TUJAGUE'S/FACEBOOK
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  • Tujague's is celebrating the 160th anniversary of its founding.
Chef Phillip Mariano has left Josephine Estelle (600 Carondelet St., 504-930-3070; www.josephineestelle.com), the Southern-leaning Italian restaurant inside the Ace Hotel.

Mariano, who previously worked as chef de cuisine at Domenica, was tapped by James Beard award-nominated chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman to helm the restaurant when the hotel opened earlier this year.

As of last week, a representative for the hotel confirmed Mariano's departure “to pursue other opportunities.” In the interim, the sous chef Ysaac Ramirez has stepped up to executive chef. Ramirez is a longtime employee of Ticer and Hudman’s and moved to New Orleans from Memphis to help open the restaurant.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Shogun adds Japanese robata-style grill menu

Posted By on Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 1:35 PM

Sea snails, or whelks, are sometimes served on Shogun's new robata-style grill menu. - HELEN FREUND
  • HELEN FREUND
  • Sea snails, or whelks, are sometimes served on Shogun's new robata-style grill menu.

When Masako "Peggy" Kamata opened her hibachi and sushi restaurant Shogun (2325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-833-7477; www.shogunneworleans.com) in 1981, she dreamed of having a section dedicated to robata, a style of Japanese cooking where skewered snacks are cooked over a charcoal grill.

But she felt the timing wasn’t right, and so, the Metairie spot — the oldest Japanese restaurant in the city — built a solid reputation for its griddle-top hibachi and, later, sushi.

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