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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Bug Appetit! Cricket king cake is at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

Posted By on Tue, Jan 24, 2017 at 12:11 PM

From now through Lundi Gras, visitors to the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium can sample cricket-filled king cake. - AUDUBON NATURE INSTITUTE
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  • From now through Lundi Gras, visitors to the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium can sample cricket-filled king cake.

Bug appetit! The folks at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium (423 Canal St., 504-524-2847) think your king cake needs a little more protein.

Now through through Lundi Gras, visitors to Bug Appetit, the museum’s kitchen and cafeteria, can sample a roasted cricket-filled king cake. That’s right, a king cake filled with bugs.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Restaurant news for Dat Dog, Brennan's and Bacchanal

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 11:49 AM

Hot dog restaurant Dat Dog is looking to franchise and planning on expanding to locations in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Lafayette, this year. - COURTESY DAT DOG
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  • Hot dog restaurant Dat Dog is looking to franchise and planning on expanding to locations in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Lafayette, this year.

Next month, Brennan’s (417 Royal St., 504-525-9711) will host a series of pop-up dinners with The Four Seasons’ proprietor Julian Niccolini and chef Pecko Zantilaveevan.

The dinner series runs from Feb. 8-11 and will feature a preview of what’s in store for the storied Manhattan restaurant’s re-opening when it relocates to its new address at 280 Park Ave. The restaurant closed last summer after a nearly 60-year run at the nearby glitzy Seagram Building, whose landlords did not renew the lease.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Spotted Cat group to open restaurant on St. Claude Avenue

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 2:33 PM

The Spotted Cat Music Club on Frenchmen street is opening a new restaurant on St. Claude Avenue in February. - COURTESY INFROGMATION/WIKICOMMONS
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  • The Spotted Cat Music Club on Frenchmen street is opening a new restaurant on St. Claude Avenue in February.

The popular Frenchmen Street jazz and live music haunt The Spotted Cat Music Club (623 Frenchmen St., 504-943-3887) is entering the restaurant business next month with an all-day breakfast joint on St. Claude Avenue.

Spotted Cat Food & Spirits (2372 St. Claude Ave., Suite 130) will open inside the New Orleans Healing Center sometime before Mardi Gras, serving breakfast all day long and small plates.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Bayou Burger & Sports Company opens in Uptown Jan. 19

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 1:05 PM

The Gleason Burger will be served at the new Bayou Burger & Sports Company, which opens Jan. 19 at 3226 Magazine St. - COURTESY CREOLE CUISINE RESTAURANT CONCEPTS
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  • The Gleason Burger will be served at the new Bayou Burger & Sports Company, which opens Jan. 19 at 3226 Magazine St.

Bayou Burger & Sports Company (503 Bourbon St., 504-529-4256) opens a second location of the beer and burger pub concept in Uptown (3226 Magazine St., 504-224-6024) tomorrow.

The casual restaurant from Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts takes over the space formerly occupied by the Mediterranean spot Salu, which shuttered late last year.

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On the Clock: Billy Mitchell, dairy plant manager

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 11:15 AM

Billy Mitchell mans his desk at the Dean Foods dairy processing plant.
  • Billy Mitchell mans his desk at the Dean Foods dairy processing plant.


It begins with a cow, or rather, many cows.

At a farm  —  usually outside of Dallas or in New Mexico, where many of Dean Foods’ farms are located  —  thousands of cows line up twice a day to be milked, their heavy udders releasing six to seven gallons of raw milk every day. 

That milking is the first step on a long and complex journey. Raw milk is stored on the farm in giant refrigerated silos; when the silo is full, tankers capable of hauling 5,600 gallons of milk at a time pull up, ready to be filled for the drive to Dean Foods’ dairy processing plant in Hammond. (Dean is the parent company of regional brands including Brown’s Dairy, as well as national brands such as TruMoo and DairyPure.) 

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

SWEGS Kitchen opens in Mid-City

Posted By on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 2:38 PM

SWEGS Kitchen, a new health-focused grab-and-go meals spot, is now open in Mid-City. - HELEN FREUND
  • HELEN FREUND
  • SWEGS Kitchen, a new health-focused grab-and-go meals spot, is now open in Mid-City.

SWEGS Kitchen (231 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-301-9196), a health-conscious grab-and-go meals spot with locations in Metairie and Mandeville, is now open in Mid-City.

The retail spot opened last week in the same strip mall that houses a Subway and Brown Butter Southern Kitchen and Bar. SWEGS's menu includes salads, wraps, sandwiches, entrees and gluten-free pizzas. The menu has a color-coded system to label items that are gluten-free, vegan, low sodium, low calorie, heart healthy and dairy-free.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

NOLA Jerk Chicken Festival debuts in Central City Feb. 11

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 3:41 PM

The inaugural NOLA Jerk Chicken Festival takes place Feb. 11 at Central City BBQ. - WIKICOMMONS/JERILYN QUINTANILLA
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  • The inaugural NOLA Jerk Chicken Festival takes place Feb. 11 at Central City BBQ.

A new food festival (yes, another one) debuts next month when the NOLA Jerk Chicken Festival takes over the newly opened Central City BBQ (1201 S. Rampart St., 504-558-4276) on Feb. 11.  The festival was initially called the Marley Gras Jerk Chicken Fest, but changed the name after members of Fifty-Six Hope Road Music (a company run by the heirs of Bob Marley) threatened legal action with a cease and desist letter.

The inaugural festival, from the organizers behind the NOLA Caribbean Festival, celebrates the Caribbean island nation’s cuisine and it signature smoky chicken staple, as well the music and culinary traditions of both New Orleans and Jamaica.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Jerusalem Cafe opens on Tulane Avenue

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 6:36 PM

Jerusalem Cafe, a Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurant, is now open on Tulane Avenue. - HELEN FREUND
  • HELEN FREUND
  • Jerusalem Cafe, a Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurant, is now open on Tulane Avenue.

Mid-City dwellers and employees at the University Medical Center and surrounding criminal justice buildings now have another option to get their hummus and falafel fix.

Jerusalem Cafe (2132 Tulane Ave., 504-509-7729) opened in December across the street from the University Medical Center and next door to long-time diner Anita's Restaurant. The cafe takes over the space formerly held by the soul food take-out spot Mama’s Cooking. It’s the first restaurant for Ali Hinawi, who is from Jerusalem and emigrated to New Orleans nearly two decades ago.

“I’ve worked in restaurants in the past and I thought (now) was a good time to open one," Hinawi said. "I wanted to really show people our culture and our food.”

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Black Label Icehouse closes

Posted By on Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 4:41 PM

Central City's Black Label Icehouse has closed. - COURTESY BLACK LABEL ICEHOUSE/FACEBOOK
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  • Central City's Black Label Icehouse has closed.

Central City barbecue spot Black Label Icehouse (3000 Dryades St., 504-875-2876) has closed. The restaurant, which opened in fall 2015, announced the shutter on its Facebook page Dec. 30, a day before closing its doors for good on New Year’s Eve.

The Central City beer and barbecue hall was part of a recent boom in the New Orleans barbecue scene (just days before the shutter, Rob Bechtold and Aaron Burgau's Central City Barbecue opened on nearby South Rampart Street). The Dryades Street bar and restaurant opened with pitmaster Damian Brugger on board, serving Texas-style brisket, oversized burgers and whimsical takes on bar food. Brugger departed the restaurant earlier in the year, and opened his Brugger’s Barbecue stall at St. Roch Market.

No word yet on what caused the shutter.

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Johnny Sanchez holds Blessing of the Animals Feast Jan. 17

Posted By on Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 4:34 PM

Crispy pig's ear salad will be served at the Blessing of the Animals Feast at Johnny Sanchez Jan. 17. - COURTESY JOHNNY SANCHEZ
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  • Crispy pig's ear salad will be served at the Blessing of the Animals Feast at Johnny Sanchez Jan. 17.

John Besh and Aaron Sanchez's Mexican restaurant Johnny Sanchez (930 Poydras St., 504-304-6615) launches a dinner series highlighting Mexican holidays and celebrations, beginning Jan. 17 with a Blessing of the Animals Feast.

The five-course menu celebrates the feast day of St. Anthony the Abbot, said to be the guardian and protector of animals. In Mexico, the tradition includes bringing your favorite animal to Mass for an annual blessing and asking for protection and blessing of livestock.

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