Scott Gold talks with the Domenica man, whose Hanukkah menu has become a holiday staple
Besh Restaurant Group's four-year-old rustic Italian eatery, Domenica (123 Baronne St., 504-648-6020; www.domenicarestaurant.com), is known for wood-fired pizza, house charcuterie and handmade pastas, among other Italian specialties. Israeli-born, Philadelphia-raised chef Alon Shaya enjoys putting together special menus for Jewish holidays.
Scott Gold talks with the food-truck coffee guy who dispenses java out of a Citroen H van
When Shawn Parsons and his partners started their coffee company
(www.brigadecoffee.com) in June 2012, they turned heads with their distinctive vehicle. Brigade's focus on its brew also made New Orleanians take notice, and the roving java wagon has developed a cult.
Scott Gold talks to the chef of Peche Seafood Grill
Peche Seafood Grill was years in the making, including several globetrotting trips by chef Ryan Prewitt to study traditional live-fire cooking on two continents. Prewitt, a veteran of Donald Link's restaurant group, shares his thoughts on seafood sourcing, cooking and manning a large custom-built grill.
Scott Gold talks with the pastry overseer from the Besh Restaurant Group
A native of South Carolina's Low Country, pastry chef Kelly Fields made a name for herself in New Orleans by baking cakes, pies and other sweet treats in local restaurants. She currently oversees desserts for John Besh's Restaurant August, Domenica, Besh Steak, Borgne, The American Sector and Luke.
Scott Gold talks to the mixologist behind the bar at Tivoli & Lee
Florida native Kimberly Patton-Bragg has stirred up drinks behind the bar at a number of New Orleans venues, including Domenica, Swizzle Stick Bar and a couple of chef Dominique Macquet's restaurants. These days Patton-Bragg is behind the bar at Tivoli & Lee in The Hotel Modern, where she shares her love of American whiskey and occasionally lends her shoulder to Miss Scarlett, the Modern's parrot mascot.
Will Coviello chats with the La Petite Grocery chef turned "chef-testant"
Many locals know chef Justin Devillier from
his restaurant La Petite Grocery (4238 Magazine St., 504-891-3377;
www.lapetitegrocery.com), but foodies nationwide are getting to know him as a contestant on Bravo's cooking competition Top Chef. In season 11's third episode, which aired Oct. 16, the chefs dined at Commander's Palace and then had to recreate some of its classic dishes by taste.