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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Emeril's new restaurant Meril opens Sept. 24

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 10:27 AM

Chef Will Avelar helms the kitchen at Emeril Lagasse's Meril when it opens on Sept. 24. - COURTESY EMERIL LAGASSE
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  • Chef Will Avelar helms the kitchen at Emeril Lagasse's Meril when it opens on Sept. 24.

Meril, Emeril Lagasse’s fourth New Orleans restaurant, will open Sept. 24.

According to a news release, the new restaurant — which is named after Lagasse’s daughter — will open at 424 Girod St. in the Warehouse District, a few blocks from the celebrity chef’s flagship restaurant Emeril's (800 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-528-9393).

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Mannie Fresh, Tank & the Bangas performing at Fried Chicken Festival

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 10:20 AM

Mannie Fresh. - KARLO X. RAMOS/RED BULL CONTENT POOL
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  • Mannie Fresh.

New Orleans rap icon Mannie Fresh headlines the music lineup for the inaugural Fried Chicken Festival in September. Also on the bill are Tank & the Bangas, John Boutte, Brass-A-Holics and Sweet Crude.

The festival — presented by Raising Cane's — will have food from Cafe Reconcile, Crepes a la Cart, Diva Dawg, Fiorella's Cafe, Koreole, Liberty's Kitchen and Tracey's, among others. At the end of the fest, judges will determine the best fried chicken.

The festival is 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 at Lafayette Square. Admission is free.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Fat Boy Pantry opens in Lower Garden District

Posted By on Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 2:04 PM

Fat Boy Pantry, a new shop selling coffee, juice, sandwiches and ice cream, is now open in the Lower Garden District. - COURTESY FAT BOY PANTRY
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  • Fat Boy Pantry, a new shop selling coffee, juice, sandwiches and ice cream, is now open in the Lower Garden District.

Fat Boy Pantry, the new ice cream and sandwich shop from Barq’s Root Beer heiress Hillary Barq, is now open.

The shop, which Barq says will function as a "gourmet market" serving coffee, juice, sandwiches and ice cream, opened last Thursday (Aug. 4) at 1302 Magazine Street.

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Beignet Fest is Oct. 8 in Lafayette Square

Posted By on Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 1:50 PM

The first ever Beignet Fest will be held Oct. 8 in Lafayette Square. - COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • The first ever Beignet Fest will be held Oct. 8 in Lafayette Square.

Just when you thought the city couldn’t possibly dedicate a festival to yet another indigenous food item, a local nonprofit has announced the lineup for the first-ever Beignet Fest this fall.

The festival — which aims to raise funds for children with autism — takes place October 8 at Lafayette Square and will feature both sweet and savory versions of the iconic fried dough confection from local restaurants.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Little Bird pop-ups up at Coquette

Posted By on Fri, Aug 5, 2016 at 12:22 PM

The Little Bird pop-up from chefs Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus has moved from Barrel Proof to Coquette. - COURTESY LITTLE BIRD
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  • The Little Bird pop-up from chefs Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus has moved from Barrel Proof to Coquette.

Fans of Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus’ Southern-style chicken pop-up Little Bird will be happy to hear the team is resurrecting the theme at Coquette (2800 Magazine St., 504-265-0421).

Sundays through Thursdays, the restaurant will serve an abbreviated Little Bird menu at the Magazine Street restaurant’s bar and offer wine, champagne and cider pairings. The previous menu was broadly focused on Southern staples (Broadbent country ham, pimiento cheese) but the new iteration is strictly chicken, though Essig says the menu will change seasonally. 

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Saveur closes, reopens as Tryst

Posted By on Tue, Aug 2, 2016 at 6:04 PM


Saveur restaurant has closed and reopened as a new, more casual concept, Tryst. - COURTESY SAVEUR/FACEBOOK
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  • Saveur restaurant has closed and reopened as a new, more casual concept, Tryst.

Uptown restaurant Saveur (4128 Magazine St., 504-304-3667) has closed. Following the departure of chef Dominique Macquet, who left the restaurant last month, the spot near the corner of Milan and Magazine streets has reopened as Tryst, which owner Kimble Donington-Smith describes as a more casual, international concept.

The previous restaurant's sous chef, Son Tran, is now the executive chef. Tran was a longtime chef at La Crepe Nanou, and guests can expect a French influence on the menu, which features several crepes, including a duck confit version filled with sauteed mushrooms, carrots and red wine reduction. Bar snacks include Buffalo wings, flatbreads and pork potstickers served with Thai chili-orange sauce, among others.


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Willa Jean, Josephine Estelle and N7 among Bon Appetit's 50 best new restaurants

Posted By on Tue, Aug 2, 2016 at 1:28 PM

N7 was named one of Bon Appetite's 50 best new restaurants of 2016. - HELEN FREUND
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  • N7 was named one of Bon Appetite's 50 best new restaurants of 2016.
Bon Appetit announced its 50 best new restaurants in America, and three New Orleans eateries made the cut.

Best Restaurant Group’s bakery and cafe Willa Jean (611 O'Keefe Ave., 504-509-7334) the Ace Hotel’s new Italian stunner Josephine Estelle (600 Carondelet St., 504-900-1180) and 9th Ward French bar and bistro N7 (1117 Montegut St.) are all finalists on the 2016 list, an annual tome of the country’s most buzzed about restaurants compiled by magazine staffers Andrew Knowlton and Julia Kramer. 


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Friday, July 29, 2016

French Truck Coffee expands to Memphis

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 11:06 AM

French Truck Coffee is expanding business to Memphis this fall. - COURTESY FRENCH TRUCK COFFEE
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  • French Truck Coffee is expanding business to Memphis this fall.

Four years after launching the small-batch coffee roasting company French Truck Coffee (1200 Magazine St., 504-298-1115) Geoffrey Meeker is expanding his business to Memphis. Meeker has partnered with Tennessee-based micro-roasting company Relevant Roasters, which will rebrand as French Truck Coffee as part of the deal this September. 

“I love waking up to great coffee and I love sharing great coffee with other people even more,” Meeker said in a prepared statement. “I am excited to take French Truck out of New Orleans, and share our mission to serve the best small-batch, fresh roasted coffee possible.” 

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Cuzco Peruvian Cuisine opens on Freret Street

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 10:06 PM

Cuzco Peruvian Cuisine is now open on Freret Street. - HELEN FREUND
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  • Cuzco Peruvian Cuisine is now open on Freret Street.

Uptown’s newest Latin restaurant, Cuzco Peruvian Cuisine (4714 Freret St., 504-610-7091), is now open. The Freret Street spot opened July 23 for a brief soft-opening period while the owners roll out the full lunch and dinner menu.

The restaurant is owned and operated by a group of friends who decided to go into business together last year: Luis “Lucho” Ampuero, Mirtha Gallegos, Monica Concha and Angelica Moscoso. Concha and Moscoso, who both hail from Peru’s capital city, Lima, say the idea was hashed out last year during a group beach trip. 

“We’re all friends and we work as a team, so we decided, why not open up a restaurant together?” Moscoso says. "We also felt Uptown was the best spot for that."

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Hogs for the Cause moves to UNO Lakefront

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 11:02 AM

Barbecue fundraiser Hogs for the Cause will take place at the UNO Lakefront in 2017. - WILL COVIELLO
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  • Barbecue fundraiser Hogs for the Cause will take place at the UNO Lakefront in 2017.

Hogs for the Cause will leave its longstanding home at New Orleans City Park and move to the University of New Orleans Lakefront in 2017, festival organizers announced Tuesday.
The annual barbecue cook-off is a fundraiser for families of children battling pediatric brain cancer. The event is scheduled for March 30 through April 1 on the fields behind the UNO Lakefront Arena on Leon C. Simon Drive.

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