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Susan Spicer & Other Restaurants Seeking Oil Spill Damages
Chef Susan Spicer (Bayona, Mondo) is suing BP, Transocean Ltd. and Halliburton Energy Services on claims that the Gulf oil spill has damaged business. The class-action suit is headed by Spicer on behalf of at least seven unnamed restaurant owners and seafood suppliers whose businesses have suffered because of restricted supply from vendors and decreased tourism following the spill. Bayona, 430 Dauphine St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-525-4455.
A Whole Festival Celebrating Cocktails & Food!
Only in New Orleans could an entire weekend festival be built around spirits and cuisine. The 2010 Tales of the Cocktail will be held July 21-25 at locations throughout the city. Look for happy hours, mixing demos, seminars, competitions, tasting rooms luncheons, and especially the spirited dinners on July 22. The dinners take place at dozens of restaurants in the city. Each dinner will have a distinctive menu with a range of cuisine from appetizers to desserts, served along with extraordinary cocktails of all variations and flavors. At each Spirited Dinner, a team of authors, mixologists, and bar-chefs have worked alongside some of New Orleans’ most prestigious restaurants to bring you a unique and exciting menu. Some of the restaurants participating this year are Arnaud's, Bacco, Bourbon House, Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse, Emeril's Delmonico, Palace Cafe, Restaurant August, Zoë and many more. Reserve your spot in advance, because seating is limited at each location. Check out the web site, for details and reservation information.
Chef John Besh Wins Prestigious Cookbook Award
More than 500 books focusing on specific foods, cooking methods, techniques or appliances were submitted for the 2010 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Best American Cookbook award. But only one was victorious---New Orleans chef John Besh won the prize for his "My New Orleans: The Cook book." If there is a chef who loves Louisiana more than Besh, we have yet to find him, and this book is oozing with his affection for his home state. The book, which was also nominated for the 2010 James Beard Award in the category of American cooking, introduces readers to an enviable combination of contemporary French techniques with indigenous Southern Louisiana products and know-how. The book contains more than 200 recipes and lush photography that makes the oversize tome a great coffee table book. Restaurant August, 301 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-299-9777.
Chef Donald Link Wins James Beard Foundation Book Award
Cochon chef Donald Link proudly accepted the top award for Best American Cookbook at the recent James Beard Foundation Awards in New York City. "I wrote this book for my kids," Link said as he accepted the award. The book, "Real Cajun: Rustic Home Cooking from Donald Link's Louisiana" was released in 2009. Link has often been quoted as saying his goal as a chef is to preserve the Cajun traditions and lifestyle. Having grown up in Cajun country, he learned many of his techniques from his grandparents. Link personifies the words "comfort food," with his smothered pork roast over rice, and a variety of recipes using homemade bacon (the recipe is in the book), deer sausage, tasso and boudin. Shrimp Creole, crawfish etoufee, red beans and rice---they're all here, and interspersed are tales of Link's childhood. Part memoir, part cookbook, this book is a real tribute to Louisiana's heritage. Congratulations to chef Donald Link. Cochon, 930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-588-2123.

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