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Chef Essig moves to Coquette 

Kristen Essig (pictured) left executive chef positions at both Meauxbar and Cavan two months ago and now joins the team at Coquette (2800 Magazine St., 504-265-0421; as a chef and equity partner, according to an announcement. The business is helmed by executive chef and owner (and Essig's boyfriend) Michael Stoltzfus, who opened the restaurant in September 2008.

  Stoltzfus and Essig created the Southern pop-up Little Bird at whiskey haunt Barrel Proof, owned by the restaurant group LeBlanc + Smith (, which also owns Meauxbar, Cavan and Sylvain.

  Essig's arrival comes as Coquette launches its "No Menu Tuesday" series. For $45, diners received a five-course meal based on a theme, which changes every week. The June 28 dinner is called "Breakfast for Dinner." Future themes include Louisiana Tomatoes (July 4), Provence (July 11) and "Cocktails for Dinner" (July 19).

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