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.
Once again this year, the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced August to be "Coolinary New Orleans" month. Throughout the month of August, local restaurants will offer two- or three-course lunches for $20 and three-course dinners for $35. Among the participants this year are Brigtsen's, Muriel's Jackson Square, Restaurant R'evolution and many more. Reservations are advised, especially on weekends. For more information, visit www.coolinaryneworleans.com
August 28-September 1
Now in its 78th year, the Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival honors the workers who keep the region's two lifeblood industries going strong — even through hurricanes. What better way to celebrate than to eat the fruits of their shrimping labor? The Cajun Culinary Classic features home-style Cajun cooking with jambalaya, fried alligator and, of course, shrimp. The festival will feature music of different genres and include other highlights such as a regional crafts show and a "Children's Village" for kids. The event is held in the Morgan City Downtown Historic District and admission is free. For more information, call 985-385-0703 or visit www.shrimp-petrofest.org
Through August 31
In keeping with its nine-year tradition, Ralph's on the Park is offering its summer special of three appetizers and one glass of wine for $33. This year, chef Chip Flanagan has created an appetizer menu to suit various tastes. Included are such dishes as sweetbreads and crawfish, truffle fries, turtle soup, sherry shrimp and grits, fried chicken sliders, smoked fried oysters and grilled octopus. The selection of wines includes Benvolio 2012, Pinot Grigio, Grave del Fruili, Italy; A by Acacia 2012 Pinot Noir, California; and about a dozen more. Ralph's on the Park, 900 City Park Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119, 504-488-1000.
The fourth annual We Live to Eat Restaurant Week in New Orleans will feature two-course, prix-fixe lunches (under $20) and three-course, prix-fixe dinners (under $39) at participating restaurants. For more information, visit www.welivetoeatnola.com/restaurant-week-2014/
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.