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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Grow Dat announces Dinner on the Farm series

Posted By on Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 7:25 PM

Grow Dat Youth Farm announced a new lineup of chef-driven dinners this fall beginning on Oct. 9. - COURTESY GROW DAT YOUTH FARM
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  • Grow Dat Youth Farm announced a new lineup of chef-driven dinners this fall beginning on Oct. 9.

Grow Dat Youth Farm (150 Zachary Taylor Drive) announced a lineup for chef-driven dinners as part of its Dinner on the Farm series. 

The urban farm in New Orleans City Park held its first such dinner in collaboration with The Link Stryjewski Foundation in May, when Cochon’s Stephen Stryjewski and Ryan Prewitt of Peche prepared a three-course dinner on the farm's seven-acre grounds. The organizers are launching a new set of dinners beginning Oct. 9, and they benefit the farm. 


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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

First look at Meril, opening Saturday in the Warehouse District

Posted By on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 3:52 PM


Korean short ribs are grilled robata-style over charcoal and served with kimchi cucumbers at Meril, Emeril Lagasse's new restaurant opening Saturday, Sept. 24, in the Warehouse District. - HELEN FREUND
  • HELEN FREUND
  • Korean short ribs are grilled robata-style over charcoal and served with kimchi cucumbers at Meril, Emeril Lagasse's new restaurant opening Saturday, Sept. 24, in the Warehouse District.

Meril (424 Girod St., 504-526-3745), Emeril Lagasse’s first new restaurant to open in New Orleans since 1998, opens its doors Saturday, Sept. 24. It’s named after his daughter and joins his flagship Emeril's New Orleans, NOLA and Emeril’s Delmonico.  

Chef de cuisine Will Avelar is a New Orleans native who began working for Lagasse in 2005 and moved on to lead the kitchen at Delmonico. He will oversee day-to-day operations at the new spot and created the menu along with Chris Wilson, the culinary director for Lagasse's empire. 

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Chef Phillip Lopez to helm restaurant, bars at the new Troubadour hotel

Posted By on Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 11:17 AM

Chef Phillip Lopez will open a restaurant and two bars at the Troubadour hotel, which opens Nov. 4. - COURTESY JOIE DE VIVRE HOTELS
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  • Chef Phillip Lopez will open a restaurant and two bars at the Troubadour hotel, which opens Nov. 4.

Chef Phillip Lopez has had a busy year. The Root and Square Root chef opened the high-end delicatessen Part & Parcel (611 O'Keefe Ave., 504-827-1090) in August. Lopez will run food operations, including a restaurant, lounge and rooftop bar, at the Central Business District hotel The Troubadour (1111 Gravier St.), which opens Nov. 4.

The  184-room boutique hotel is the first New Orleans property from Joie de Vivre hotel group. The 17-story landmark building on the corner of Gravier and N. Rampart streets will feature rooms with a “a modern aesthetic with subtle touches of New Orleans mysticism, music, and local culture,” according to a statement from the property’s owners.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Station 6 opens in Bucktown

Posted By on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 6:30 PM

HELEN FREUND
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At Station 6 (105 Metairie Hammond Hwy., 504-345-2936), it’s all about family.

That’s not just because husband-and-wife team Alison Vega-Knoll and Andrew Knoll run the show, or that their sons help out in the dining room and in the kitchen. Or that, without pursuing any publicity, a crowd of 450 people, including many family and friends, showed up on opening night Friday, Sept. 9.

At the new Bucktown restaurant. guests are greeted by a blown up photograph of a 7-year-old Alison and her father fishing on a boat in Pass Christian, Mississippi and another one shows a hazy sunset where she remembers trout fishing in the Louisiana marsh.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Gumbo party! Disney can't make gumbo, and Poppy Tooker makes hers on the Today show

Posted By on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 6:21 PM

By now you've probably seen or heard about the "healthy gumbo" recipe that the Disney Twitter feed tried to foist off as, well, actual gumbo — the secret ingredients being those Creole favorites, quiñoa and kale:

DIsney's version of gumbo. - Boycott New Orleans Square.
  • DIsney's version of gumbo. Boycott New Orleans Square.

No.

Just no.

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Three Muses Maple opens Uptown

Posted By on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 5:51 PM

Three Muses Maple is now open uptown in the Carrollton area. - COURTESY THREE MUSES MAPLE/FACEBOOK
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  • Three Muses Maple is now open uptown in the Carrollton area.

Almost six years after opening the restaurant and music hub Three Muses on Frenchmen Street, the team behind the popular dining and nightlife haunt have opened a location in Uptown.

Three Muses Maple (7537 Maple St., 504-510-2749), from Daniel Esses, Kimberly Patton-Bragg and singer Sophie Lee, opened over the weekend on the corner of Hillary and Maple Street.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Esperanza Spalding opens Faux/Real festival Nov. 3

Posted By on Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 1:53 PM

Esperanza Spalding performs in New Orleans Nov. 3. - JOHANN SAUTY
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  • Esperanza Spalding performs in New Orleans Nov. 3.

Esperanza Spalding
will perform at the Orpheum Theater Nov. 3 to open the Faux/Real Festival of Arts. Spalding is touring following the March release of Emily's D+Evolution, and in the show, the jazz bassist roves through musical genres and adds theatricality. 

Faux/Real director Ben Mintz notes that the festival is evolving. It's still focused on elements of theater and performance art, and Spalding's piece is more than a concert, he notes. The festival is condensing its schedule from three weeks to 10 days (Nov. 3-13), and there will be 30 events, including theater, magic and culinary events. The full schedule will be released this week, Mintz says.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Bird by Bird La Taqueria opens at Molly’s at the Market

Posted By on Thu, Sep 8, 2016 at 1:45 PM

Bird by Bird La Taqueria is now open at Molly's at the Market. - COURTESY BIRD BY BIRD
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  • Bird by Bird La Taqueria is now open at Molly's at the Market.

Bird by Bird La Taqueria, a new taco concept from David Robertshaw, is now open at Molly’s at the Market (1107 Decatur St., 504-525-5169).

Robertshaw is best known for running the popular Indian pop-up outside Sidney’s Saloon, but when the Molly’s spot became available last month, he jumped at the chance to run his own kitchen.

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Restaurant news for Trinity, Arnaud’s French 75 Bar and the Caribbean Room

Posted By on Thu, Sep 8, 2016 at 1:40 PM

Arnaud’s French 75 Bar is launching a Friday happy hour starting Sept. 9. - COURTESY ARNAUD'S
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  • Arnaud’s French 75 Bar is launching a Friday happy hour starting Sept. 9.

The Caribbean Room (2031 St. Charles Ave., 504-323-1500), chef John Besh’s haute revival in the Pontchartrain Hotel, is starting Friday lunch on Sept 9 and adding Sunday brunch as well. Guests can expect a similar spread to the dinner menu (shrimp saki, snapper Pontchartrain) during lunch, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The brunch menu ropes in some of dinner items and adds breakfast dishes, including duck carbonara served on pappardelle; eggs and toast with crab, truffle and Camembert; and pork belly hash featuring poached eggs and smoked choron sauce.

Brunch at the Caribbean Room is served Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit the hotel’s website here.

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Mojo Coffee Bar opens inside Saint Hotel

Posted By on Thu, Sep 1, 2016 at 11:26 AM


Mojo Coffee Roasters’ Demian Estevez and Debra Dunn (left) of Ignatius Espresso Bar & Cafe celebrating Mojo’s 10 year anniversary in May. - COURTESY MOJO COFFEE ROASTERS
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  • Mojo Coffee Roasters’ Demian Estevez and Debra Dunn (left) of Ignatius Espresso Bar & Cafe celebrating Mojo’s 10 year anniversary in May.

Local coffee hawkers Mojo Coffee Roasters is expanding to the French Quarter. The company opens a coffee bar Thursday, Sept. 1 inside the Saint Hotel (931 Canal St., 504-522-5400).  

The company opened its first cafe on lower Magazine Street in 2006 and has been growing since owner Demian Estevez jumped into the roasting business last year with barista-turned-roaster Matt Cronin.


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