As one year ends and another begins, we recount the changes and trends in the food world over the past 12 months. It's also when we remember the people from the New Orleans restaurant world we lost during the year. Each passing was a reminder of how much our distinctive local restaurants rely on the personalities, family histories, traditions and passions of the people who run them.
This list is by no means complete, but some of the people who died in 2011 included:
Natalie Brown, 45, co-owner of Kosher Cajun New York Deli and Grocery (3519 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-2010; www.koshercajun.com).
James Leeming, 50, chef/owner of Coulis (3625 Prytania St., 304-4265).
Angel Miranda, 57, founder of Lola's (3312 Esplanade Ave., 488-6946; www.lolasneworleans.com).
John Mosca, 86, of the iconic Mosca's Restaurant (4137 Hwy. 90 West, Avondale, 436-9942; www.moscasrestaurant.com).
Antoinette Riccobono Uddo Bossier, 64, an owner of Riccobono's Peppermill (3524 Severn Ave., 455-2266; www.riccobonos.com).
We extend condolences to their families and share our gratitude for the contributions each made to our community. All of the restaurants mentioned above remain open.