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Monday, April 3, 2017

Hogs for the Cause announces winners, raises $1.3 million

Posted By on Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Blue Oak BBQ took home the win for Grand Champion at this year's Hogs for the Cause barbecue competition and fundraiser. - COURTESY HOGS FOR THE CAUSE
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  • Blue Oak BBQ took home the win for Grand Champion at this year's Hogs for the Cause barbecue competition and fundraiser.

Good barbecue sure can draw a crowd. Nearly 30,000 people flocked to the grounds of the UNO Lakefront Arena for Hogs for the Cause, the ninth edition of the barbecue competition and fundraiser.

The festival featured 90 teams serving barbecue and raising funds for families with children battling pediatric brain cancer. The two-day event raised $1.3 million, but final numbers are not yet available.

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Nina Compton named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs 2017

Posted By on Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 12:01 PM

Food & Wine magazine named Nina Compton one of the country's Best New Chefs 2017.
  • Food & Wine magazine named Nina Compton one of the country's Best New Chefs 2017.

Less than two years after moving to New Orleans to open her buzzy Warehouse District restaurant Compere Lapin (535 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-599-2119), Nina Compton has been named one of the country’s best new chefs by Food & Wine magazine.

Compton is among 12 notable chefs, including Peter Cho from Portland's Han Oak and Yoshi Okai from Austin’s Otoko. The magazine’s Best New Chefs 2017 list was compiled by magazine staffers and features up-and-coming chefs from across the country. Other New Orleans chefs named to the list in past years include Michael Gulotta of MoPho and Maypop, John Harris of Lilette and Sue Zemanick.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Restaurant news for Central City BBQ, Liberty’s Kitchen, Brunch Fest

Posted By on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 6:38 PM


Pitmaster Rob Bechtold has departed Central City BBQ. - COURTESY CENTRAL CITY BBQ/FACEBOOK
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  • Pitmaster Rob Bechtold has departed Central City BBQ.

Three months after opening, pitmaster Rob Bechtold has left Central City BBQ (1201 S. Rampart St., 504-558-4276). The barbecue pro gained a loyal following at NOLA Smokehouse, which closed in late 2015.

Bechtold opened the sprawling Central City restaurant with owner Aaron Burgau of Patois in December.

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Fried Chicken Festival moves to Woldenberg Park, adds second day

Posted By on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 6:29 PM

The second Fried Chicken Festival is expanding to two days and will take place in Woldenberg Park on Sept. 23 and 24. - COURTESY FRIED CHICKEN FESTIVAL
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  • The second Fried Chicken Festival is expanding to two days and will take place in Woldenberg Park on Sept. 23 and 24.

After crowds of more than 40,000 packed Lafayette Square for the inaugural Fried Chicken Festival, this year’s event will expand to two days and move to a larger space, organizers said.

The 2017 festival will take place at Woldenberg Park Sept. 23 and 24.

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Desi Vega’s Prime Burger and Shakes to open in Harahan

Posted By on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 9:54 AM

The owners of Desi Vega's Steakhouse will open Desi Vega's Prime Burger and Shakes next month in Harahan. - HELEN FREUND
  • HELEN FREUND
  • The owners of Desi Vega's Steakhouse will open Desi Vega's Prime Burger and Shakes next month in Harahan.

Less than a month after Harahan burger joint Phil's Grill closed, a new burger and shake spot is set to open in its place. Desi Vega's Prime Burger and Shakes will open at 1640 Hickory Ave. in April.

The restaurant is the latest eatery from the crew behind Mr. John's Steakhouse and Desi Vega's Steakhouse (628 St. Charles Ave.). The new restaurant is named after Desi Vega, the managing partner of Mr. John's.

Menus and final details on the opening are still in the works, but the restaurant should open in the next two weeks, an employee of the St. Charles Avenue steak restaurant said.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Top Taco Festival announces winners

Posted By on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 11:52 AM

The inaugural Top Taco New Orleans festival took place March 23 at the Riverwalk's Spanish Plaza. - COURTESY TOP TACO
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  • The inaugural Top Taco New Orleans festival took place March 23 at the Riverwalk's Spanish Plaza.

A traditional taqueria in Kenner took home top honors at the Top Taco New Orleans festival March 23.

Taqueria Chilangos (2723 Roosevelt Blvd., 504-469-5599) was named top traditional taco by both the judges and people’s vote. Judges (including this one) voted for their favorites from more than 40 restaurants competing in categories including top creative taco, top traditional margarita and top creative tequila cocktail.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Bratz Y'all! is now open in Bywater

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 1:17 PM

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Sausage vendor Bratz Y'all! (617 B Piety St., 504-301-3222) opened its Bywater restaurant and beer garden today. Sven Vorkauf started Bratz Y'all as a food vendor at festivals and events. He and wife Jen Vorkauf's new spot serves sausages and German fare and German beers, wines and liquors, and there's indoor seating and a patio decorated like a German beer garden.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

First look at DTB, opening March 29 on Oak Street

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 11:04 AM

DTB's menu includes crab-boiled chips topped with popcorn creme fraiche and pickled lemon. - HELEN FREUND
  • HELEN FREUND
  • DTB's menu includes crab-boiled chips topped with popcorn creme fraiche and pickled lemon.

Chef Carl Schaubhut’s Cajun-inspired restaurant DTB (8201 Oak St., Suite 1, 504-518-6899) opens March 29 in Riverbend.

Schaubhut is the chef at Bacobar and has worked at Commander's Palace. He and co-owner Jacob Naquin modeled the restaurant’s look and menu to reflect their Cajun upbringings in Des Allemands and Bayou Dularge, respectively. Together with chef de cuisine Jacob Hammel, another Commander’s veteran, the team describes the restaurant’s approach as “modern interpretations of Southern Louisiana’s coastal cuisine” with a creative twist.

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Gambit TV: Entertainment picks March 24-26

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 10:01 AM

Music critic and tacoficionado Noah Bonaparte Pais makes a stop at WWL-TV to share weekend picks: another exciting series at the Music Box Village, a new documentary about house ball culture and more.


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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Restaurant news for Cane & Table, Little Korea BBQ, St. James Cheese Co.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 10:17 AM

St. James Cheese Company in the Warehouse District now serves breakfast and brunch on Saturdays. - COURTESY ST. JAMES CHEESE CO./FACEBOOK
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  • St. James Cheese Company in the Warehouse District now serves breakfast and brunch on Saturdays.

Cane and Table’s (1113 Decatur St., (504) 581-1112) managing partner Nick Detrich is leaving his spot behind the Decatur Street bar, but will remain a partner.

The longtime Cure and Co. employee and brain behind the French Quarter proto-tiki bar made the announcement on his Facebook page Monday. His last shift behind the bar will be this Sunday.

Detrich started working on the theme for Cane and Table five years ago. He remains a managing partner, and fellow Cure and Co. staff member Matt Ray will step in as general manager of the bar, according to Eater NOLA.

Detrich says he plans on traveling to Mexico and London before returning this summer to “engage in other pursuits.”

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