Chefs have to please diners every time they send a plate out of their kitchens, but the competition at Gambit’s Emerging Chefs Challenge upped the pressure — and the reward. At The Cannery on Wednesday, Aug. 28, Chefs handed dishes directly to attendees, who sampled items from the dozen finalists and voted for their favorite.
The dishes ranged from creative comfort food inspirations to elegantly simple haute cuisine. Barcadia chef Nick Hufft reinterpreted spaghetti Bolognese with Korean-accented kimchi noodles and spicy beef bulgogi. Ye Olde College Inn’s Brad McGehee reconfigured chicken and waffles into mini-waffle cones topped with peach preserves. Bayona’s Brett Duffee highlighted locally sourced foods with braised Chappapeela Farms duck in a peanut mole atop caramelized banana sopes. Chef Anthony Scanio of Emeril’s Delmonico tossed spinach and ricotta gnudi with braised Mississippi rabbit, tomato and green olives and topped it with brown butter-toasted almonds.
When the more than 460 ballots were tallied, the favorite was Gautreau’s chef Nick Lama’s citrus-poached shrimp with jumbo lump crab, mango slaw and lemon grass broth. In the pretty presentation, a large pink knuckle of shrimp rested on julienned yellow and red peppers and jalapenos in a zesty broth made with coconut milk.
Gambit's Noah Bonaparte Pais has your weekend doom-sounding schedule: in music, there's Canadian punk band KEN Mode at One Eyed Jacks and Baton Rouge's Twin Killers at Gasa Gasa; in film, there's proto-punk documentary A Band Called Death at Zeitgeist; the 9th Ward Opera Company takes Marigny Opera House; stand-up comic W. Kamau Bell headlines The Howlin' Wolf; and Rashaad Newsome's King of Arms is at the New Orleans Museum of Art.
And WWL-TV's Derek Kevra has your weekend forecast:
It's San Fermin en Nuevo Orleans weekend, and the Running of the Bulls begins 8 a.m. sharp on Saturday. What's the weather looking like, Derek Kevra?
Noah Bonaparte Pais has more picks for this weekend, including Cayucas and Brazos at Circle Bar, The Iran Job at Zeitgeist, and tonight, Sing Me Songs That Say I Love You closes. There's also some Difficult Men and works by Willie Burch and Eudora Welty.
On Sunday, June 16, a Gambit reader (who happens to write for The TImes-Picayune) noticed that some recent Blake Pontchartrain columns contained passages that hewed closely to materials that were published elsewhere. In some cases, passages in the Blake columns were identical, or nearly identical, to the work of others and not properly attributed.
After analyzing those examples and doing our own preliminary research, we determined that the identical passages were not inserted during the editing process but instead were the result of careless writing by the person who has researched and produced Blake for the past 15 years. Although the bulk of each column in question contained original material, the writer’s failure to quote or attribute the work of others constitutes plagiarism. We are deeply disappointed and saddened by this news.
“Blake Pontchartrain” is a nom de plume and has been a regular feature of Gambit since 1988. Throughout that time, both in print and online at bestofneworleans.com, Blake has been our readers’ favorite column. The name “Blake Pontchartrain” is also trademark of Gambit Communications Inc., which publishes Gambit. The contributor in question will no longer write for Gambit, but the Blake Pontchartrain column will return in coming weeks.
Over the weekend, a Gambit reader noticed that some recent Blake Pontchartrain columns contained passages that hewed closely to materials that were published elsewhere. In some cases, passages in the Blake columns were identical, or nearly identical, to the work of others.
After analyzing those examples and doing our own preliminary research, we’ve determined that the problem is not an isolated one, nor were the identical passages inserted at some point during the editing process.
“Blake Pontchartrain” is a composite column that has been written by several contributors over the years. These examples can all be attributed to a single writer, who will no longer be working for Gambit.
While we look at more of this writer’s columns and try to determine the depth of the problem, we’ve decided the safest course of action is to remove the Blake Pontchartrain archive from our website. We’ll keep readers apprised of our findings.
A New Orleans native, Foster studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and began her publishing career as an intern at Time Out New York. Foster has been an employee of Gambit since 2001, serving in various capacities including advertising coordinator and assistant advertising director. She has been the paper’s marketing director since 2008.
Foster has served as project manager for many digital projects for Gambit, including client-designed mobile sites and multiple redesigns of Gambit’s website, bestofneworleans.com. She also has headed development for online and print promotions and served as project manager for the company’s special events, including the Gambit Food Revue. In the most recent Media Audit survey (Nov. 2012-Jan. 2013), Gambit’s readership was up 37 percent from the previous year.
“Jeanne just gets it,” DuBos said. “She has done an outstanding job on print, digital and event projects that keep Gambit Communications current and relevant. This promotion is a tribute to her keen ability and success at advancing the Gambit brand in today’s media marketplace.”
“We have a really creative and innovative team right now,” Foster said, “and I am so excited to help continue to build the Gambit brand in the community and deliver what our loyal and growing readership wants via the print product, bestofneworleans.com and Gambit Events.”
Now with your Gambit weekend weather forecast from meteorologist Derek Kevra and our partners at WWL-TV. What's up, Derek?
"Hey, guess what? It's hot! Guess what else? It's June!
Highs this weekend will stay between 90-95 but it will feel more like 100-105. There is a small chance for afternoon showers, but overall Father's Day will be dry.
If you've forgotten it's Father's Day weekend, don't worry, just roll with the forecast and buy him a tub of ice... with a 6 pack in the middle."
And for what you need to be doing this weekend (the Southern Fried Food Festival at Audubon Zoo, Spamalot, Ariel Pink) ... take it away, Noah Bonaparte Pais and Eric Paulsen:
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