Barrel Proof (1201 Magazine St., 504-299-1888; www.barrelproofnola.com), the Lower Garden District whiskey haunt from the LeBlanc + Smith restaurant group (www.leblancandsmith.com), has new bar food. Barrel Proof Kitchen replaces Little Bird, the pop-up from chefs Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus.
The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau (NOCVB) announced the lineup of restaurants for its 12th annual restaurant Coolinary New Orleans promotion, which features prix-fixe menu deals at participating eateries throughout the city. The promotion runs throughout August.
Ace Hotel's oyster and cocktail hub Seaworthy (630 Carondelet St., 504-930-3071; www.seaworthynola.com) begins regular service this week, following a soft opening with a limited menu. The new spot, located next to the boutique hotel, occupies a renovated historic Creole townhouse and is connected to the hotel property.
Grand Isle (575 Convention Center Blvd., 504-520-8530; www.grandislerestaurant.com) executive chef Ryan Haigler will present a six-course dinner at the James Beard House in New York Aug. 19. The restaurant is offering a four-course preview to local diners at 7 p.m. Aug. 5. The preview menu includes passed hors d'oeuvres such as Creole tomato pie with pimiento cheese and tomato jam.
The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser host The Great American seafood cook-off at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 6.
Headliners including Village People, Blood, Sweat and Tears featuring Bo Bice of American Idol fame, The Romantics, Zebra, Bonerama with George Porter Jr. and others perform at the Louisiana Seafood Festival Sept. 2-4 at New Orleans City Park's Festival Grounds. More than 20 restaurants and food trucks will sell food at the festival, including Acme Oyster House, The Blue Crab Restaurant & Oyster Bar, Cafe Giovanni, Dat Dog, Drago's Seafood Restaurant, Galatoire's Restaurant, Luke, Miss Linda Green the Ya-Ka-Mein Lady, Red Fish Grill, Voleo's Seafood Restaurant, Woody's Fish Tacos and others.
GAMBIT food writer Helen Freund won honors at the Association of Alternative Newsmedia Awards in Austin, Texas earlier this month. Freund's stories on blind culinary workers in New Orleans, as well as the restaurant scenes on Tulane Avenue and Kenner's Williams Boulevard, won first place in the category of Food Writing among papers with a circulation of less than 45,000.
Two New Orleans restaurants were robbed at gunpoint last week. Armed men held up a group of diners at Lakeview Harbor (911 Harrison Ave., 504-486-4887; www.facebook.com/lakeview.harbor) Tuesday, July 12.
Carrollton Market (8132 Hampson St., 504-252-9928; www.carrolltonmarket.com) chef-owner Jason Goodenough is making a stand for gluten on July 20. For one night, the Riverbend restaurant is serving an eight-course gluten-centric dinner, whimsically subtitled "(It's) A Celebration of Gluten (Bitches)."
When Masako "Peggy" Kamata opened her hibachi and sushi restaurant Shogun (2325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-833-7477; www.shogunneworleans.com) in 1981, she dreamed of having a section dedicated to robata, a style of Japanese cooking in which skewered snacks are cooked over a charcoal grill. She felt the timing wasn't right, so the Metairie spot — the oldest Japanese restaurant in the area — built a reputation on its griddle-top hibachi and, later sushi.
Milkfish, Company Burger, McHardy's Fried Chicken and Bayou Hot Wings are among vendors who will sling their version of the iconic Southern staple at the city's inaugural Fried Chicken Festival (www.friedchickenfestival.com) Sept. 25 in Lafayette Square. "Our vendors are diverse like our city, each providing their own twist to the classic dish," festival organizer Cleveland Spears III said in a prepared statement.
Chef Phillip Mariano has left Josephine Estelle (600 Carondelet St., 504-930-3070; www.josephineestelle.com), the Southern-leaning Italian restaurant inside the Ace Hotel. Mariano previously served as chef de cuisine at Domenica, and James Beard award-nominated chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman tapped him to helm Josephine Estelle when the hotel opened earlier this year.