St. Roch Market (2381 St. Claude Ave., 504-609-3813; www.strochmarket.com) announced two new members to its cast of food vendors. Bittersweet Confections and Good Bird were scheduled to debut at the food hall this past weekend.
Good Bird focuses on rotisserie chicken served on sandwiches and salads, paired Mediterranean and Middle Eastern sides. Breakfast will be added later.
"The idea is to revolve around really well-sourced, good chicken," said Leo Sloan, Good Bird's chef and owner. "I think people are moving away from meat in general and especially red meat. We want it to be good. Chicken is a really lean, healthy protein when it's done right."
Sloan sources chickens from Springer Mountain Farms in Georgia, where the free-range birds are raised antibiotic- and hormone-free.
Sloan comes from New York City, where he worked at several Mario Batali restaurants. He moved to New Orleans a year ago and worked at Peche Seafood Grill until recently. Sloan kept the Good Bird idea on the back burner for several years while he experimented with the concept through pop-ups in New York and New Orleans.
Local sweets and pastry shop Bittersweet Confections is replacing Donna Maloney's The Sweet Spot (www.facebook.com/sweetspotnola), which recently left the market to focus on catering. The new stall, an outpost of the Warehouse District confectioner of the same name (725 Magazine St., 504-523-2626; www.bittersweetconfections.com), will serve an abbreviated selection of cakes, cookies and pastries.