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.
This event specifically honors those working in the area's dominant industries: shrimp and oil. The Annual Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival is filled with home-style Cajun cooking, art and music for guests to enjoy. Set amid the great oaks of historic Lawrence Park in downtown Morgan City, Louisiana, attendees can enjoy live country, Cajun and pop music while munching on jambalaya, fried alligator and tons of shrimp. Other festival features include the "Children's Village" and a market featuring handmade jewelry, wood crafts, clothing and more. Discover more details at the Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival 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
Tujaque's, one of New Orleans most iconic dining spots, is turning 160 years old. To celebrate, the owners have decided to offer a special three-course weekday lunch for $18.56, in honor of the restaurant's founding year. The offer will extend indefinitely. Tujaque's, 823 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116, 504-525-8676.
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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