Meg Bickford is the new executive chef at Cafe Adelaide & The Swizzle Stick Bar (300 Poydras St., 504-595-3305; www.cafeadelaide.com). The Commander's Palace veteran replaces departing chef Carl Schaubhut, who left to open Bacobar in Covington along with chef Jean-Pierre Guidry.
Bickford, who calls herself a "Cajun-Creole mutt," helped run the restaurant for five months last year when Schaubhut left on medical leave for stomach cancer treatment. Bickford trained at John Folse Culinary School and came up under Commander's chef Tory McPhail's wing. She is the first woman to carry the executive chef title in the Commander's Palace restaurant group.
Bickford has added several new items to the menu, including chicken liver pate with blueberry-sherry jelly, citrus-roasted Gulf fish with charred endive, red Swiss chard, roasted mushrooms and Brussels sprouts, and veal grillades with cane-cured tomato jus served over black truffle grits and topped with a slow-cooked egg.