Creole Cuisine Restaurants hire new chefs

New chefs at Broussard’s, Tommy’s Cuisine and NOSH
Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts (www.creolecuisine.com) announced the hiring of two chefs for its expanding New Orleans restaurant portfolio.   The group took over Tommy's Cuisine and Tommy's Wine Bar, now called NOSH, last year.

David Slater promoted to Emeril’s Homebase

Chef promotions at Emeril Lagasse’s restaurants
Longtime Emeril's New Orleans chef David Slater has been promoted to director of culinary development at Emeril's Homebase (www.emerilsrestaurants.com), Emeril Lagasse's corporate headquarters. Slater, who started to work for the restaurant group in 2001 at Emeril's Orlando, was most recently the chef de cuisine at Emeril's New Orleans (800 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-528-9393).

Oktoberfest returns to Mid-City

Duetches Haus hosts festival at new home on Moss Street
Deutsches Haus (www.deutscheshaus.org) returns its annual Oktoberfest (www.oktoberfestnola.com) celebration to Mid-City Oct. 6.   "We're thrilled to bring Oktoberfest back to New Orleans and Mid-City; our home for almost 90 years," Deutsches Haus president Jack Gonzales said in a press release.

Paradigm Gardens announces fall dinner series

Outdoor urban garden events include food, drinks and music
Paradigm Gardens (1131 S. Rampart St., 504-344-9474; www.paradigmgardensnola.com) announced the schedule for its fall dining and concert series, which features a rotating cast of local chefs, bartenders and musicians.   The events take place outdoors at the quarter-acre urban farm in Central City, which has a goat pen, beehives, picnic table seating, a wood-fired oven and grill and a stage for music.

40 Arpent Brewing has closed

Arabi loses its brewery
40 Arpent Brewing Company closed Sept. 14. The announcement was made the same day via social media.

Bourbon, Boudin and Beer returns Nov. 3

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats headlines
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will headline the Emeril Lagasse Foundation's (www.emeril.org) annual Bourbon, Boudin & Beer (www.bourbonboudinandbeer.com) fundraiser Nov. 3 in Champions Square at the Superdome.   The music lineup also includes Langhorne Slim & the Law, Kristin Diable and Silverado Pickups.

Ted Brennan’s Restaurant opens in French Quarter

Brennan family opens Decatur Street restaurant
Ted Brennan's Decatur (309 Decatur St., 504-512-9290; www.facebook.com/tedbrennansdecatur) opened Aug. 27.   The restaurant originally was to open under the leadership of Theodore "Ted" Brennan, who along with brothers Pip and Jimmy ran Brennan's at 417 Royal St.

Zea Rotisserie & Bar to open in Mid-City

Restaurant opens in Mizado Latin Kitchen location
The Taste Buds restaurant group (www.tastebudsmgmt.com) closed Mizado, its gourmet taqueria and Latin dining concept on July 1. The location (5080 Pontchartrain Blvd.; www.zearestaurants.com) will reopen as a Zea Rotisserie & Bar on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

New Orleans restaurants aid in Hurricane Harvey relief

Restaurants and Second Harvest offer assistance
While Hurricane Harvey was still dropping rain on Texas and southwestern Louisiana last week, many New Orleans restaurants and bars started collecting donations to assist people affected by flooding. Here are some of the ongoing efforts.

LA Smokehouse closes

Future uncertain for restaurant after fire damage
Gert Town barbecue spot LA Smokehouse (8300 Earhart Blvd., 504-265-8905; www.lasmokehouse.com) closed following an electrical fire at the restaurant Aug. 28. According to a Facebook post from the restaurant's owners, the fire occurred overnight and prompted the eatery to close temporarily.

Turkey and the Wolf named Bon Appetit’s favorite new restaurant

Magazine narrows top 50 list to its 10 ranked finalists
Best thing on sliced bread Bon Appetit named Turkey and the Wolf (739 Jackson Ave., 504-218-7428; www.turkeyandthewolf.com) America's best new restaurant of 2017.

Fried Chicken Festival announces music lineup

Big Freedia and Big Sam’s Funky Nation perform Sept. 23-24 in Woldenberg Park
Big Freedia, Naughty Professor and Big Sam's Funky Nation will perform at the Fried Chicken Festival (www.friedchickenfestival.com) Sept. 23-24 in Woldenberg Park. Large crowds at last year's event prompted organizers to expand it to two days and move from Lafayette Square to the riverfront.

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