New Orleans Culinary Events
Need to fill your culinary calendar? Here is where you will find all the restaurant and culinary happenings in New Orleans. Browse this calendar of special dinners, tasting menus, prix-fixe meals, food festivals and other culinary events, including regularly occurring food events as well as special one-time-only events featuring top chefs. Keep checking back so you can know all that's going on in the world of restaurant and food events in New Orleans and the surrounding area. We've also got the latest New Orleans Restaurant News and Wine Events.
The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience presents a grand opportunity to revel in this historic town, with more than 1,000 wines from around the world to sample and an abundance of dishes to try. Guests can take in the atmosphere at promenade evenings in the French Quarter, as well as enjoy tastings and seminars. For more information, visit New Orleans Wine & Food Experience's website
The Annual Tales of the Cocktail invites you to celebrate mixed drinks over their five-day event from July 20-24 in the French Quarter. A series of seminars, mixing competitions and luncheons and dinners will be featured. Popular and up-and-coming liquor brands will also be showcasing their latest products. For more information, visit the official website
Grand Isle Restaurant, the popular Central Business District eatery, has added some new attractions to its weekday happy hour, which runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The restaurant now offers oysters at just 50 cents each, half priced draft beer, wines by the glass and cocktails. Also available are half pounds of boiled shrimp for seven dollars. Grand Isle, 575 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-520-8530.
One of New Orleans' favorite Creole dining spots, Palace Cafe has happy hour from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Enjoy half-priced draft beer, wine on tap and small plates. Palace Cafe, 605 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-523-1661.
Galatoire's presents a weekly two-course luncheon menu that changes weekly. The prix-fixe menu might feature signature dishes such as white beanmeunière, with banana bread pudding for dessert. The cost is usually under $25 for the whole lunch. Galatoire's, 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-525-2021.
Monday through Friday
Commander's Palace, the grande dame of fine dining in New Orleans, now offers specially-priced two-course lunch specials. The menu changes weekly, but typically features items such as crispy braised pork over charred jalapeño boudin, or onion-crusted chicken salad with cranberries and barbecued Vidalia onions and blue cheese, or griddle-seared Gulf fish in a sautée of house-made andouille and red beans. Commander's continues to offer its popular 25-cent martinis with this tongue-in-cheek restriction: "Limit 3 per person 'cause that's enough!" Lunch is served Monday through Friday. Commander's Palace, 1403 Washington Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-899-8221.
Last Tuesday of the Month
Mark your calendar for the last Tuesday of each month. That is when Coquette chef/owner Michael Stoltzfus offers his “No Menu Tuesday,” featuring a five-course dinner for $65. There are two seatings, 5:30 p.m., and 10 p.m., by reservation only. The price includes drink pairings. Coquette, 2800 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115, 504-265-0421.
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