Food & Drink

Friday, February 17, 2017

Feast your eyes (and your stomach?) on the "All-Star Weekend King Cake Burger"

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 1:26 PM

Gambit basketball guy (and professional Pelicans-opposing-team-irritant) Chris Trew is covering the All-Star Weekend festivities, including the special dishes being put together by Centerplate for the weekend.

He got this photo of something called the "All-Star Weekend King Cake Burger":

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It seems to be a "variant" of the king cake burger from the food truck Food Drunk. Darren Rovell of ESPN posted another photo of the concoction, which costs $12.50 and comes with "chipotle spread" to go with that delicious sugar.

Simple question: Would you eat it?

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Pizza Nola's 'Grasnado' broadcasts parades online beginning Feb. 17

Posted By on Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 10:43 AM

Pizza Nola will host live  broadcasts of select Uptown Mardi Gras parades starting Feb. 17 to benefit the victims of the recent tornado in New Orleans East. - INFROGMATION/WIKICOMMONS
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  • Pizza Nola will host live  broadcasts of select Uptown Mardi Gras parades starting Feb. 17 to benefit the victims of the recent tornado in New Orleans East.

Lakeview pizza hub Pizza Nola (141 W. Harrison Ave., 504-872-0731) will broadcast some Uptown Mardi Gras parades on its Facebook Live page starting Feb. 17. Owner Will Samuels, Cait Gladow and Carolyn Scofield will host and invite guests to appear on the broadcasts.

The feed also will include links to charities providing assistance to victims of the recent tornado in New Orleans east, Samuels says.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

19 New Orleans chefs, restaurants named James Beard Award semifinalists

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 1:40 PM

Semifinalists for the prestigious James Beard Foundation's 2017 awards were announced Wednesday (Feb. 15), including 19 chefs and restaurants from New Orleans. - COURTESY JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION/FACEBOOK
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  • Semifinalists for the prestigious James Beard Foundation's 2017 awards were announced Wednesday (Feb. 15), including 19 chefs and restaurants from New Orleans.

New Orleans chefs and restaurants were heavily represented on the James Beard Foundation’s newly released list of 2017 awards semifinalists. The prestigious foundation released the lengthy list of culinary stars vying for the coveted awards Wednesday (Feb. 15).

Judges culled the list from 24,000 online entries, whittling it down to semifinalists in 21 categories, including 19 local nominees.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Carnival survival tips from the minds of the Gambit newsroom

Posted By on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 2:30 PM

This isn't any of us ... I don't think. - SCOTT MYERS
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  • This isn't any of us ... I don't think.

Like kissing and peeling crawfish, Carnival gets easier — and more enjoyable —  with practice. Fortunately, the Gambit World HQ newsroom has several decades of combined Carnival experience to help us survive the glittery slog from Twelfth Night to midnight on Mardi Gras.

Below, we share our tips for making it through New Orleans' most gruelingly festive (and therefore best) season.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Poke Loa opens on Magazine Street

Posted By on Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 3:41 PM

Poke, the Hawaiian raw fish dish, is served at Poke Loa, which opened last week at 3341 Magazine St. - COURTESY POKE LOA
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  • Poke, the Hawaiian raw fish dish, is served at Poke Loa, which opened last week at 3341 Magazine St.

Poke, the popular Hawaiian raw fish salad, now has a home in New Orleans with the opening of Poke Loa (3341 Magazine St., 504-309-9993).

The restaurant is run by a group of partners, including brother-and-sister team Joe Reiss and Cecile Hardy Tanguis. Reiss spent several years working in Southern California, where he first caught on to poke, which is similar to a deconstructed sushi roll. He brought his sister to the West Coast and introduced her to several restaurants, where she was immediately taken by the fresh, fast-casual concept.

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Lula Restaurant-Distillery opens on St. Charles Avenue

Posted By on Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 11:44 AM

Lula Restaurant-Distillery is now open at 1532 St. Charles Avenue. - HELEN FREUND
  • HELEN FREUND
  • Lula Restaurant-Distillery is now open at 1532 St. Charles Avenue.

Restaurant and microdistillery Lula Restaurant-Distillery (1532 St. Charles Ave., 504-267-7624) opens today.

Co-owners Jess Bourgeois and Bear Caffery hatched the idea for the project several years ago when the duo met while traveling in New Zealand. That led to a weeklong distilling course at Dry Fly Distilling in Spokane, Washington, followed by more research before the team eventually started to plan its own operation, the first of its kind in Louisiana and the Southeast.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday Gras "Give a Pair, Get a Pair" shoe drive at Arnaud's benefits Eden House human trafficking survivors

Posted By on Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 11:56 AM

COURTESY ARNAUD'S
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Traditionally, the Friday before Mardi Gras (or Friday Gras) is a day for families and friends to get together for a (very) long lunch. Locals make reservations at classic French Quarter dining spots months in advance. Restaurant tables become a sort of base camp — patrons can step outside to visit the lunacy of Bourbon and Canal streets as revelers get throttled up for the wildest weekend on the Crescent City calendar, and then duck back in to the relative safety of a decadent lunch and cocktails.

On Friday, Feb. 24, Katy Casbarian of Arnaud’s Restaurant hopes to pass on the invigoration of Friday Gras to others who need it. Casbarian has teamed up with fellow business owners Allison and Julie Hoffman of Native Polish and Evie Poitevent of Feet First to present their inaugural “Give a Pair, Get a Pair” event. Ladies attending Friday Gras lunch at Arnaud’s are asked to bring a pair of gently used women’s shoes, which will be collected for a donation to Eden House, a nonprofit that provides long-term housing and care for survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

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Paradigm Gardens kicks off spring concert series March 7

Posted By on Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 9:59 AM

Paradigm Gardens launches a six-part spring concert series March 7. - COURTESY PARADIGM GARDENS
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  • Paradigm Gardens launches a six-part spring concert series March 7.

Central City's Paradigm Gardens kicks off a spring concert series March 7. The urban farm and events venue announced the music and chef lineup for the six-part series, which includes the farm’s partner restaurants Patois, Coquette and Primitivo.

Joel Hitchcock and Jimmy Seely run the quarter-acre farm at the corner of South Rampart and Clio streets. It features a goat pen, quail coop, bee hives and fruits and vegetable gardens. The space is anchored by a wood-burning brick oven, which visiting chefs use to prepare food. There also is a stage for musical performances.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Roy Ayers and Michael Franks to perform at Treme Crab Festival

Posted By on Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 12:20 PM

Dave Crawford performs at Jazz in the Park March 30. - COURTESY BASIN STREET RECORDS
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  • Dave Crawford performs at Jazz in the Park March 30.

Jazz stars Roy Ayers and Michael Franks headline Treme Crab Festival March 31. The festival is presented by People United for Armstrong Park and is part of its spring Jazz in the Park concert series.

Ayers is a vibraphonist who moved from jazz to jazz-funk and neo soul. Franks is a singer-songwriter who has worked with jazz and pop artists from Diana Krall and Kurt Elling to Lyle Lovett and Patti LaBelle. Tickets for the show are $25-$100, and proceeds benefit Covenant House Sleep Out campaign to fight youth homelessness.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Station opens in Mid-City

Posted By on Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 5:24 PM

The Station is now open at 4400 Bienville St. - HELEN FREUND
  • HELEN FREUND
  • The Station is now open at 4400 Bienville St.

Mid-City residents have a new coffee and breakfast hub with the opening of The Station (4400 Bienville St., 504-319-4548), a cafe from husband-and-wife team Jonathan and Megan Walker. It opened Wednesday, Feb. 8, following months of renovations to the building on the corner of Bienville and North Alexander streets.

The cafe includes indoor and outdoor seating, and large windows overlook Bienville Street. It has a "take a book, leave a book," lending library stocked with books and games.

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