News for Restaurants in New Orleans
Check back soon for more news.
While much of the focus at Commander's Palace has always been on its highly respectable wine list, the restaurant never stops innovating when it comes to its wine program. This spring, the restaurant unveiled its new Wine Cellar Table. The private room seats 12 in the red wine cellar. Sommelier Dan Davis selects wines to pair with an exclusive tasting menu created by executive chef and current James Beard Award nominee Tory McPhail. Commander's is in the midst of a massive re-do of its entire wine program, including an expansion of the cellar capacity by over 50%, a new refrigeration system, custom stemware for each varietal and a tripling of its inventory with 14,000 cellared bottles and 2,400 on the list. Commander's Palace, 1403 Washington Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-899-8221.
The elegant warehouse-district eatery, Meson 923 is doing its part to raise money for earthquake and tsunami-ravaged Japan. Chef Baruch Rabasa offers a Japanese Earthquake Relief Dish, Meson ramen with Berkshire pork, crawfish, poached yard egg and pickled greens. Appetizer portions are $16, while entrées are $30. A special cocktail, the Lemongrass Saké Gimlet made with lemongrass-infused Stoli saké and a touch of lime juice is offered for $12. All proceeds from the ramen and cocktail are to be donated to the Japanese Red Cross, providing food, medicine, shelter and clothing for victims of the disaster. Meson 923, 923 S. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-523-9200.
In New Orleans at this time of the year, those who dine out are often observing Lenten sacrifices. If you are one who has given up meat for Lent, as many commonly do, a good stop for you might be Vega Tapas Cafe. The new meatless tapa selections include a crisp apple-and-brie salad, a perfectly seasoned eggplant Napoleon, and an artisan Spanish cheese presentation that can be a full meal or a dessert. Other items include "Patatas Bravas," a classic Spanish dish of spicy potatoes and garlic aïoli. It all goes down so easily with Vega's new $10 bottomless wine glass, offered nightly from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Some of Vega's ongoing wine promotions are still in place, most notably its half-priced bottles every Monday and "Wine-y Wednesdays," when wines are $5 by the glass. Vega Tapas Cafe, 2051 Metairie Rd., Metairie, LA 70005, 504-836-2007.
Consider them the Oscars of the culinary world, if you will. The James Beard Awards honor some of the greatest restaurants and chefs in the country. This year, three New Orleans chefs are nominated for Best Chef, South region. They are Stephen Stryjewski, chef and co-owner of Cochon; John Harris, chef/owner of Lilette; and Tory McPhail, executive chef at Commander's Palace. Emeril Lagasses's flagship restaurant, Emeril's, is nominated for Outstanding Service, while chef Sue Zemanick made the cut for the "Rising Star" category. Emeril is also nominated for a media award. Who will go home with the coveted awards? We will let you know after they are presented on May 9. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly. Emeril's, 800 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-528-9393.
Check back soon for more news.
View our calendar of Wine Dinners & Tastings in New Orleans
Current News View archived news: February 2015 | January 2015 | December 2014 | October 2014 | September 2014 | August 2014 | July 2014 | June 2014 | May 2014 | April 2014 | February 2014 | January 2014 | December 2013 | November 2013 | October 2013 | September 2013 | August 2013 | July 2013 | June 2013 | May 2013 | April 2013 | March 2013 | February 2013 | January 2013 | December 2012 | November 2012 | October 2012 | September 2012 | August 2012 | July 2012 | June 2012 | May 2012 | April 2012 | March 2012 | February 2012 | January 2012 | December 2011 | November 2011 | October 2011 | September 2011 | August 2011 | July 2011 | June 2011 | May 2011 | April 2011 | March 2011 | February 2011 | January 2011 | December 2010 | November 2010 | October 2010 | September 2010 | August 2010 | July 2010 | June 2010 | May 2010 | April 2010 | March 2010 | February 2010 | January 2010 | December 2009 | November 2009 | October 2009 | September 2009 | August 2009 | July 2009 | June 2009 | May 2009 | April 2009 | March 2009 | February 2009 | January 2009 | December 2008 | November 2008 | October 2008 | September 2008 | August 2008 | July 2008 | June 2008 | May 2008 | April 2008 | March 2008
Check out the 2015 edition of GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Issue, which features the Top 40 Restaurants in the US and more.