The two James Beard awards coming back to New Orleans this year belong to a newcomer who quickly carved her own niche in the local restaurant community and to a bar that helped reset the city’s famous cocktail scene, founded by a bartender now making bigger moves within the field. The cocktail lounge Cure won the national award for Outstanding Bar Program and chef Nina Compton, of Compère Lapin, and the recently-opened Bywater American Bistro, won the regional award for Best Chef: South.The James Beard Foundation presented these high-profile awards Monday night at a gala in Chicago. The culinary group says its roster of nominees is selected each year from some 20,000 chefs, restaurants and bars submitted by the public during an open call last fall. Before the gala began, New Orleans had eight New Orleans culinary pros and establishments in the running as finalists.Resetting the barCure won its award after three consecutive years as a finalist in the category.Founded in … [Read more...] about New Orleans talent in restaurants, and behind the bar, bring home James Beard awards
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Sherlon Christie Asbury Park Press Published 2:27 p.m. UTC Jun 19, 2018 New Orleans has a ton of good restaurants. If the Essence Festival does attract a record number of attendees this year, you'll need a long list of restaurants to try because the lines at all the popular spots are going to be very, very long in New Orleans. Have a plan A, a plan B and a plan C ready just in case and also bring your patience as good New Orleans food takes time to cook. WATCH: The video playing at the top of the story to learn about the history of New Orleans We've surveyed a group of multi-year Essence Festival veterans and here is the result of that extensive conversation, a comprehensive list of New Orleans establishments to try while you are visiting New Orleans from July 4 to July 9 for the Essence Festival this year. Click on the name of each establishment to be redirected to its website for menus, hours of operation, directions, etc. … [Read more...] about Essence Festival: Restaurants to try while in New Orleans
click to enlarge A relatively slim round of questions to Tav Falco produced a generous deluge of anecdotes and some thoughtful meditations on the state of Tav and the world at large. Falco's latest detour through his adventurous, razor-cut path through American music, along with the "art damage" of Panther Burns and its no wave transmutations, finds him abroad in Europe, where he's lived and worked over the last decade, producing books, film, and, of course, music — his Panther Burns returns to New Orleans this weekend for two shows at d.b.a. on his 2018 "Contamination Tour." His answers from his emailed Q&A with Gambit are below: On his relationship to New Orleans and Quintron & Miss Pussycat: When I was a child growing up in the backwoods of Arkansas, my mother brought me to New Orleans for a visit. We stuffed ourselves on Oyster Bienville at Antoine's, and croissants and Napoleons on Royal Street. She took me to Preservation Hall where we saw Sweet Emma … [Read more...] about Q&A: Tav Falco on New Orleans, Alex Chilton, Panther Burns abroad, and the ‘New World Order Blues’
This New Orleans dining guide is my appreciation for what it means to live in a great food city, a place with its own character, a strong sense of history and an evolving next chapter.I hope these recommendations reveal to you some new finds (even if they’re only new to you) and reconnects you with restaurants that hold up our reputation for great food and good living.For more on what went into this whittling down the list of possibilities to the 100 collected here, see my related story “Picking the Essential 100 New Orleans restaurants. And what makes one essential anyway?” Picking the Essential 100 New Orleans restaurants. And what makes one essential anyway? What makes a restaurant essential? This guide includes 100 answers to that question. And for some quick picks from this guide, tailored to the situations this city can bring us, check out “The restaurant recommendations you need for real life in New Orleans.” The 10-minute lunch, a … [Read more...] about New Orleans Dining Guide 2018: our critic’s top 100 picks for how the city eats today
WGNO morning news anchor and reporter Anne Cutler is going to Washington. Cutler, who has been working at WGNO -- most recently as an anchor on "Good Morning New Orleans" as well as the local ABC affiliate's 11 a.m. newscast -- announced Tuesday (April 17) that she has taken a job with WTTG-Fox 5 DC. Her last day on the air in New Orleans will be Thursday (April 19). In an email exchange, Cutler -- who grew up in California and has been with WGNO since 2010, as an anchor as well as a reporter for the station's "News with a Twist" -- made it clear she will miss New Orleans immensely. "As I prepare to leave New Orleans for our nation's capital, I find myself struggling to wrap my head around just how much this city means to me," Cutler wrote. "In seven years, I've learned the trials and tribulations of renovating a 140-year-old home. I've experienced the fear and anxiety of sending my husband off to war. I became a mother to two precocious boys. I spent five weeks caring for one in … [Read more...] about WGNO anchor Anne Cutler trading New Orleans for D.C.