News for Restaurants in New Orleans
Le Foret, the fine dining restaurant in the heart of the Central Business District, has unveiled its new summer menu. Chef Brandon Felder has added a number of new items, including seared snapper with ratatouille, jumbo lump crab meat in corn cream sauce, oven roasted grouper with zucchini squash, and a Kurobuta pork chop with andouille truffle hash. Diners will still find the popular foie gras with seasonal fruit purées and pecan butter on the menu, as well as Louisiana barbecued shrimp, and cornmeal-crusted soft-shell crab. The frequently rotating tasting menu is still available at $65 per person. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the tasting menu is discounted 25 percent. Le Foret, 129 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-553-6738.
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.
Galatoire's and Galatoire's 33 Bar and Steak of Bourbon St. in New Orleans showcase daily food and drink specials now through August 29. The Martini Lunch at Galatoire's every Tuesday through Thursday features $3 premium vodka and gin martinis. Tuesdays are "Traditional Tuesdays," when patrons dressed in traditional attire (think seersuckers, bow-ties and pearls) may enjoy a free appetizer. Wine Wednesdays offer weekly specials from Galatoire's award-winning wine program, and '33' features a prix-fixe menu (starting at $17) as well as $3 martinis every Friday. Lunch & Dinner Tues.-Sun.. Galatoire's, 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-525-2021.
Cafe Hope, Cafe Reconcile, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) and Second Harvest Food Bank will share in a $125,000 grant from the Emeril Lagasse Foundation. Cafe Hope and Cafe Reconcile provide job training for at-risk young people, as well as career counseling. NOCCA is the site of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Culinary Arts Studio. The Second Harvest Food Bank plans to use its portion of the grant to provide free breakfast to 4,000 low-income children enrolled in summer camps, as well as to help expand its Kids Cafe program. Since 2002, the Foundation has distributed more than $5.5 million in grants for children’s charities. Emeril's, 800 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-528-9393.
In a move that can only be characterized as well deserved, Peche Seafood Grill was named America's "Best New Restaurant" by the James Beard Foundation. Further, in an unprecedented double honor, Peche co-owner Ryan Prewitt was named "Best Chef: South." As if that were not heady enough stuff for New Orleans, Prewitt tied for the honor with Gautreau's chef Sue Zemanick. Peche is co-owned by chefs Donald Link and Stephen Styjewski. This is an especially proud moment for all three Peche owners, since no New Orleans restaurant has ever won the Beard award as "Best New Restaurant," making this recognition a major first for the city’s restaurant community. Peche Seafood Grill, 800 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-522-1744.
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