New Orleans Area Culinary Events
Hungry? Need to fill your culinary calendar? Here is where you will find all the restaurant and culinary happenings in Greater New Orleans. We feature a calendar of special dinners, tasting menus, prix-fixe meals, food festivals and other Louisiana 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.
Although it seems like chef Emeril Lagasse's flagship restaurant has occupied its high profile warehouse district corner forever, it has actually been 25 years. In that quarter century Lagasse has opened a number of other high-profile eateries in and out of New Orleans, but Emeril's remains the star attraction. All during March, Emeril's will celebrate its milestone with menu items that are throwbacks to some of its past menus. Each week the restaurant will feature different items that will be familiar to longtime patrons, and surprisingly current to those who don't remember the full-flavored menu items. Check out Emeril's.com for full menus, but a few of the popular past favorites will include fried oyster salad, shrimp rémoulade parfait, pan-fried shrimp cakes and an irresistible cane syrup and pecan bread pudding. Also notable is Emeril's "Omagasse" special menus offered on the third Thursday of each month, featuring a five-course off-the-menu tasting series for $65, and $105 if paired with suggested wine. Emeril's, 800 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-528-9393.
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. On opening night, more than 40 New Orleans restaurants will host wine dinners. The Royal Street Stroll turns the city’s shopping street into one long avenue of wine tasting. Wine tents are set up along the boulevard allowing guests to sample wine and peruse the shops as they go. At The Big Gateaux Show, attendees can enjoy a pastry tasting and competition with some classic Burlesque entertainment mixed in. For more information, visit www.nowfe.com
The Annual Tales of the Cocktail invites you to celebrate mixed drinks over their five-day event from July 15-19 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 talesofthecocktail.com
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.
Domenica is offering cash-strapped diners a real break. Every day, from 3 p.m.-6 p.m., all pizzas, cocktails, wine of the day and Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine) are offered at half price. Since opening its doors in New Orleans, Domenica has become known citywide for its pizzas, particularly the Pizze Calabresa, with olives, spicy salami, mozzarella and capers. Other pizzas include the meatless Margherita, with tomato, basil and fresh mozzarella, and the spicy lamb meatball pizza with ricotta and mint. All pizzas are baked in a special wood-burning oven. Domenica, The Roosevelt New Orleans, 123 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA 70112, 504-648-6020.
The elegant downtown restaurant MiLa offers a nightly dinner tasting menu, six courses for $75. The only thing better may be their $20 prix fixe three-course lunch. The Rushings change the menu frequently, making repeat visits a must. MiLa, Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette Hotel, 817 Common St., New Orleans, LA 70112, 504-412-2580.
The Oyster Bar at Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House restaurant is one of the most happening places in the lower French Quarter. Now, Bourbon House is serving its new “Quick and Casual Lunch” at the bar. The no-fuss lunch offers sandwiches costing $8.50, among them muffalettas, pressed Cuban sandwiches and grilled veggie sandwiches with fresh mozzarella. Or, you can opt for a combo lunch, featuring the “Oyster Trifecta”---seafood gumbo, three freshly shucked oysters and a fried oyster po-boy. Also available is the “Shrimp Trifecta,” same as above, but with shrimp instead of oysters. Dickie Brennan’s happy hour is still happening every day from 4–6 p.m. The Oyster Bar serves oysters on the half-shell for $1/oyster, and the bar features specially priced wines and $3 Abita Amber drafts. Bourbon House, Astor Crowne Plaza, 144 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-522-0111.
As if the clubby, leathery bar at Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse were not reason enough to stop by after work, the restaurant just announced its new "$5 After 5PM" promotion, featuring small plates and specialty cocktails for just five bucks until 7 p.m. Try the “Spiked Arnold Palmer”---Firefly tea vodka with lemon sour and soda, garnished with fresh mint, and pair it with some prime rib chili, or andouille-stuffed fried olives. The other standout cocktail is a Sobieski dry martini with a hint of dry vermouth, which will go down easily with Louisiana crabmeat batons with pepper jelly glaze. It makes 5 p.m. seem so far away, doesn’t it? Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse, 716 Iberville St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-522-2467.
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.