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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Hollygrove Market launches Box Lunch Saturdays, Sunday brunch

Posted By on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 at 11:44 AM

Hollygrove Market and Farm hosts weekend lunch and brunch. - COURTESY HOLLYGROVE MARKET AND FARM
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  • Hollygrove Market and Farm hosts weekend lunch and brunch.

If you’ve ever found yourself staring down the contents of a weekly CSA share, a little unsure of what to do with those hakurei turnips, a new weekly lunch event at Hollygrove Market and Farm (8301 Olive St., 504-483-7037) might help.

Starting Nov. 19, l’enfant terrible chef Matthew Kopfler will be hosting a cooking demonstration and lunch at the market's new Box Lunch series every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Frey Smoked Meat Co. opens in Mid-City

Posted By on Tue, Nov 15, 2016 at 4:15 PM

Frey Smoked Meat Co., a new barbecue restaurant, is now open in Mid-City. - COURTESY FREY SMOKED MEAT CO.
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  • Frey Smoked Meat Co., a new barbecue restaurant, is now open in Mid-City.

Frey Smoked Meat Co. (4141 Bienville St., 504-488-7427), a new barbecue restaurant from Rue 127 chef Ray Gruezke, is now open in Mid-City.

The restaurant is a Gruezke family affair, and it’s far from their first time behind the smoker: their Hogs for the Cause team has competed for several years at the annual charity competition and the group drew inspiration from the cook-off for their new restaurant.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Melt now open in Mid-City

Posted By on Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 11:23 AM

Melt, a restaurant specializing in gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, is now open on Banks Street. - COURTESY MELT
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  • Melt, a restaurant specializing in gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, is now open on Banks Street.

Melt (2549 Banks St., 504-821-0102), a Mid-City restaurant specializing in gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, is now open.

The Banks Street spot began a soft opening Nov. 7, and it continues through the Thanksgiving holiday. Melt is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and hours of operation will extend after the official grand opening in early December.

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Hogs for the Cause donates $2 million to Children’s Hospital

Posted By on Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 9:48 AM


Hogs for the Cause will donate $2 million to Children’s Hospital to create on-campus housing for families in need. - COURTESY HOGS FOR THE CAUSE
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  • Hogs for the Cause will donate $2 million to Children’s Hospital to create on-campus housing for families in need.

Hogs for the Cause will donate $2 million to Children’s Hospital, the organization announced Thursday, Nov. 10.

The donation is part of a new partnership between Hogs for the Cause, the annual barbecue competition fundraiser, and Children’s Hospital, and will support construction of on-campus family housing. The “House that Hogs Built,” is expected to open in 2017 and will provide temporary housing for patients and their families.

“We have had a long-standing partnership with Hogs for the Cause over the years,” Mary Perrin, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital, said in a prepared statement. “This new commitment will help so many more families have access to the specialized care that we provide.”

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Donald Link, John Besh among chefs featured in new book Reel Masters

Posted By on Fri, Nov 4, 2016 at 10:34 AM

Reel Masters: Chefs Casting About with Timing & Grace features stories and recipes from chefs Donald Link and John Besh, among others. - COURTESY SUSAN SCHADT PRESS
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  • Reel Masters: Chefs Casting About with Timing & Grace features stories and recipes from chefs Donald Link and John Besh, among others.
A new book features fishing tales and recipes from a group of acclaimed chefs, including Donald Link and John Besh.

Part cookbook, part narrative history and guidebook, Reel Masters: Chefs Casting About with Timing & Grace (Susan Schadt Press) chronicles the bounty and sprit of the pastime, culture and traditions surrounding the sport, with personal tales from eight chefs who share their passion for angling in the bayous, backwaters and bays of Charleston, Pensacola, Venice, Grande Isle and Toledo Bend, among others.

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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
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  • 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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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Stone Soup pop-up returns to Vaughan’s Lounge Nov. 9 & 11-13

Posted By on Thu, Nov 3, 2016 at 3:47 PM

Traditional Oaxacan "stone soup" will be prepared at a series of events at Vaughan's Lounge in November. - COURTESY SARAH BOREALIS
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  • Traditional Oaxacan "stone soup" will be prepared at a series of events at Vaughan's Lounge in November.

The Path of Stone Soup is a series featuring music, film and food highlighting the freshwater seafood soup prepared by the indigenous Chinantec community of Oaxaca, Mexico. The series returns to Vaughan’s Lounge Nov. 9 and 11-13. Chef Cesar Gachupin de Dios and his son Victor Gachupin Velasco are visiting from their home in Mexico to prepare the soup for the event.

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French Truck Coffee to open French Quarter spot in January

Posted By on Thu, Nov 3, 2016 at 10:08 AM

French Truck Coffee will open a new location in the French Quarter at 221 Chartres St. in January 2017. - COURTESY FRENCH TRUCK COFFEE
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  • French Truck Coffee will open a new location in the French Quarter at 221 Chartres St. in January 2017.

It’s been a busy year for French Truck Coffee founder Geoffrey Meeker.

Four years after launching the small-batch coffee-roasting business French Truck Coffee in the Lower Garden District, he opened French Truck Cafe, a larger coffee shop on Dryades Street, serving a menu of sandwiches, salads and toasts. In July, the company announced a partnership with Tennessee micro-roasting company Relevant Roasters, which rebranded as French Truck Coffee in August. Now, French Truck Coffee is making its way to the French Quarter  and will open a shop in the historic May & Ellis Building at 221 Chartres St. in January 2017.


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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

UberEats launches in New Orleans

Posted By on Wed, Nov 2, 2016 at 12:15 PM

Company Burger will be available through UberEats, a new food-delivery service launching Nov. 2 in New Orleans. - COURTESY UBEREATS
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  • Company Burger will be available through UberEats, a new food-delivery service launching Nov. 2 in New Orleans.

UberEats, a new food delivery service from the company behind the popular ride-hailing application, launched Wednesday, Nov. 2 in New Orleans.

The service functions similarly to Uber's smartphone-assisted car-hailing system, offering delivery from more than 100 local restaurants to people’s doorsteps with a little more than a tap on their phone. Restaurants include The Company Burger, Willie Mae’s Scotch House, City Greens, MoPho, Cafe B, Wayfare, Primitivo, Kebab, El Libre, Ruby Slipper Cafe and Seed, among others.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

After nine years, Yuki Izakaya to close

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2016 at 9:40 AM

Frenchmen Street Japanese tavern and music hub Yuki Izakaya will close on Halloween night. - COURTESY YUKI IZAKAYA/FACEBOOK
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  • Frenchmen Street Japanese tavern and music hub Yuki Izakaya will close on Halloween night.

The longstanding Frenchmen Street Japanese pub Yuki Izakaya (525 Frenchmen St., 504-943-1122) will close on Halloween night (Oct. 31). The owners announced news of the closing on the restaurant’s Facebook page:

“It is with sorrow to announce that Yuki Izakaya’s run has come to an end. Halloween Night, 2016 will be the bookend to that first night in 2007. It is simply time to move on … We know that this will be a shock and bring sadness to some. The decision is sad for us as well. There is a saying in Japan: ‘Allow the past to drift away with the water.’”

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