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A new weekly farmer's market opened in the Mid-City neighborhood, taking over the same space where one of the Crescent City Farmers Markets operated before Katrina. The new Mid-City Green Market operates every Thursday from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. in the parking lot of the American Can Apartments. Jon Smith, proprietor of the wine shop Cork & Bottle Fine Wines (located in the American Can building), formed the new market with the assistance of managers at the Crescent City Farmers Market. The initial array of participating vendors includes some mainstays of the Crescent City Farmers Market and veterans of its previous Mid-City incarnation. Mid-City Green Market, 3700 Orleans Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119, 504-483-6314.
A modest restaurant space near the intersection of Canal and Carrollton has seen three different diner-style operations in as many years, but the latest incarnation, under new ownership, is taking a different approach to the spot. Sailors Seafood & Oyster Bar has the familiar array of fried seafood platters and po-boys but the menu also boasts some unique choices, such as a Greek salad with blackened calamari, an edamame soybean dip and an entrée-sized phyllo dough pie stuffed with baked crabmeat. The restaurant's oyster bar means raw bivalves are again available at a Mid-City restaurant for the first time since Katrina. The kitchen will charbroil them as well and also has an interesting house specialty called "Sailors Flaming Oysters." Served on the half shell, the oysters are cooked very lightly and topped with a mixture of chopped spinach and artichoke, bacon and Parmesan cheese and then set ablaze before being brought to the table. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily. Sailors Seafood & Oyster Bar, 133 N. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119, 504-483-3232.

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Brennan Family in the Hall of Fame
The local Brennan restaurant family of Commander's Palace fame was recently inducted into the Culinary Institute of America's (CIA) Hall of Fame. Accepting the award on behalf of the family were Dick Brennan Sr.; siblings Dickie Brennan and Lauren Brennan-Brower; siblings Ralph Brennan, Cindy Brennan and Lally Brennan; siblings Ti Martin and Alex Brennan-Martin; and Brad Brennan. The family operates 11 restaurants, including nine in New Orleans: Bacco, Bourbon House, Café Adelaide, Commander's Palace, Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse, Mr. B's Bistro, Palace Café, Ralph's on the Park and Red Fish Grill. They also run Brennan's of Houston and Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen at the Disneyland Resort in California. Brennan's on Royal Street is operated by a different branch of the family. The Brennan's are one of only three families to ever win CIA's leadership award.

Chef Shuffle

Veteran local chef Gus Martin has taken over the position of executive chef at Muriel's Jackson Square. Martin has spent much of his culinary career working in the Brennan family's restaurants, beginning at Commander's Palace at age 14. He later was sous chef at Mr. B's Bistro, executive sous chef back at Commander's Palace and executive chef at Palace Café, Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse and, most recently, Ralph's on the Park. Meanwhile, Muriel's previous chef, Guy Sockrider, announced that he has started his own business. Through his new Celebrity Chef Consulting, Sockrider provides private cooking classes in clients' homes as well as restaurant consulting. Muriel's Jackson Square, 801 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70116, 504-568-1885.


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