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Chef Donald Link of Cochon and Herbsaint restaurants has released his new cookbook, “Real Cajun: Rustic Home Cooking from Donald Link’s Louisiana” (Clarkson Potter, 2009). Link takes us on an expedition to the swamps and smokehouses, music festivals, funerals and holiday celebrations in every corner of the state. Every location and event requires special recipes, and they’re all here. From “Aunt Cynthia’s Tomato and Bacon Pie,” (also known as “Cajun Pizza”) to “German Festival Ham and White Bean Stew” to “Uncle Robert’s Smoked Brisket,” this book is as much a family affair as it is a tour de Louisiana. Link even includes a “Killer Cocktails” chapter, featuring “Bourbon Cherry Lemonade.” Now that’s Southern. Cochon, 930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-588-2123.
If there is one food that is instantly identified with New Orleans, it is gumbo. “Room in the Bowl” is a new collaborative book joining the skills and contributions of food photographers, stylists and writers of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP). The book combines passionately written essays and exquisite photos that show off the ingredients and the labor of love that goes into every gumbo pot. All net proceeds will be divided equally between The Southern Food and Beverage Museum and The Culinary Trust. The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is a nonprofit organization based in New Orleans, dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the culture of food and drink in the South. The Culinary Trust solicits, manages and distributes funds for educational and charitable programs related to the culinary industry. Open daily.
Antoine’s, possibly the longest running restaurant in the U.S., is celebrating its longevity with an “1840 Summer Lunch Special Menu.” For $18.40, patrons enjoy a hearty two-course meal, including appetizer and entrée options. Our favorite? The eggplant appetizer stuffed with shrimp and andouille sausage, followed by a softshell blue crab entrée, stuffed with crawfish and crabmeat. Treat yourself to dessert, as well---the caramel custard is the best in the city. By the way, complimentary hors d’oeuvres at happy hour are making a comeback and Antoine’s is leading the way. Every Wed., 4 p.m.-7 p.m., enjoy house brands, wine and liquor for just $4, and free food at Antoine’s Hermes Bar! Antoine's, 713 St. Louis St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-581-4422.
The chic, see-and-be-seen Tommy’s Wine Bar has just unveiled a full week of drink specials, perfect for escaping the summer heat. On Monday, the usual 5 p.m.-7 p.m. happy hour has been extended until closing. Tuesday is Ladies Night, when ladies receive a free glass of champagne or sparkling wine. Pop in on Wednesday for 25% off on selected bottles of wine, and on Thursday show up for the 6 p.m. wine tastings. Live music continues on Fri. and Sat. nights, and remember, in addition to Tommy’s bar menu, patrons may order appetizers from the adjacent Tommy’s Cuisine. Tommy's Wine Bar, 752 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-525-4790.
Commander’s Palace invites you to cool down with a classic cocktail like the Original New Orleans Lime Daiquiri, Crescent City Cooler or bar chef Lu Brow's refreshing Ginnifer Flowers cocktail (twice as delicious as the name is amusing---featuring St. Germaine Elderflower liqueur). Top it off with two small plates for the perfect light summer dinner. Options include caviar beignets, blackberry-lacquered pork belly, and fried oysters and absinthe. The same promotion is going on at Café Adelaide, Commander's sister restaurant in the Loews New Orleans Hotel, where the small plates include foie gras biscuits and gravy, Creole tomato salad, shrimp and tasso corndogs, and red bean crusted oysters. The price is $20 at both restaurants, from 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Commander’s and 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at Café Adelaide. That’s what we call a happier hour. Commander's Palace, 1403 Washington Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-899-8221.
Galatoire's is offering a summer business lunch menu perfect for those who are watching their wallets. Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., diners can order three courses for $24. Start off with an appetizer such as avocado vichyssoise or smoked salmon with a warm potato salad, select from entrées including mussels St. Pierre and paneed pork chop, and enjoy banana bread pudding or caramel cup custard for dessert. Galatoire's, 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-525-2021.
The prolific chef Emeril Lagasse has done it again with his just-released cookbook, Emeril at the Grill: A Cookbook for All Seasons (HarperStudio, 2009). Already lauded for his easy-to-follow recipes, this book explores the world of grilled foods, with emphasis on family dinners and entertaining. The book features 158 new recipes, ranging from grilled flank steak with chimichurri sauce to grilled peaches with mascarpone and honey. Emeril even mixes up some great cookout cocktails, including a watermelon margarita. Emeril's, 800 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-528-9393.
One of the premier wine and food events in the country, the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience welcomed record crowds this year. Among the dozens of events, the Fleur de Lis Culinary Award competition was tastier than ever. This year’s gold medal winners included Annadele’s Plantation for its turtle soup, as well as Muriel’s Jackson Square's crawfish and goat cheese crepes, and Palace Café for bourbon braised pork belly. Melange at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans took dessert gold for its sweet potato cheesecake. And all of those were on the first day of a two-day competition! You can see the whole list at NOWFE.com, including silver medal winners and Best of Show winners. In all, more than 75 restaurants and chefs competed for this year’s awards.
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