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.
Again this year, dozens of local restaurants are offering deep discounts throughout the month of August. It's all part of the 11th annual Coolinary New Orleans promotion. Some of the biggest name restaurants in town are participants, including Commander's Palace, Antoine's Restaurant, Cafe Adelaide, Cafe Degas and more than 50 others. Participating restaurants offer multi-course menus priced at $20 or less for lunch, and $39 or less for dinner. Some of the restaurants will offer discounted cocktails, while others will extend the discounts to weekend brunches. For a full list of restaurants, visit Coolinary New Orleans
The Emeril’s restaurant organization is taking an aggressive approach to attracting diners during the comparatively quiet summer months. At Emeril’s, NOLA and Emeril’s Delmonico, running through the end of August a four-course prix-fixe menu will be featured for $45. Optional wine pairings are offered, as well. The price will not include tax and gratuity, and the menus will change periodically. Emeril's, 800 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-528-9393.
For the past ten years, Ralph's on the Park has offered its popular summer special of three appetizers and a glass of wine for $33. This year is no exception, with the special offer running through the end of August. This year's appetizers run the gamut from grilled octopus or oyster risotto, to a crabmeat napoleon, and even Ya-Ka-Mein (pork belly with pasta, mushrooms and a fried egg), among about a dozen others. One of those items, vadouvan (an Indian spice blend) shrimp and grits, won a silver medal at this year's New Orleans Wine & Food Experience in May. Ralph's on the Park, 900 City Park Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119, 504-488-1000.
With a heritage 80 years in the making, this event specifically honors those working in the area's dominant industries: shrimp and oil. The 80th 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
Le Salon at the Windsor Court Hotel presents a Prohibition themed tea service. Traditional tea is presented with four cocktails served in tea cups. Le Salon, Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-596-4773.
Hyatt Regency New Orleans will host the James Beard Foundation's Taste America: New Orleans event with chef April Bloomfield. The event will begin at 7 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit the James Beard Foundation's website. Hyatt Regency New Orleans, Poydras Plaza, 500 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-561-1234.
Le Salon at the Windsor Court Hotel presents a Halloween themed tea service designed for children of all ages. Le Salon, Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-596-4773.
The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, presented by Abita Brewery, will feature more than 30 vendors serving po-boy sandwiches and other goodies, as well as panel discussions, live music and a kids' zone. Admission is free. The event will take place from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Oak Street and South Carrollton. For more information, visit Oak Street Po-Boy Festival's website
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.
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.
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