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A new beginning: Cajun House & Catering opening soon in LaPlace

LAPLACE — When Executive Chef Ryan Cashio walked into The Cajun Grill & Catering for the first time after Hurricane Ida, it felt like everything had been ripped out of him and his life’s work had been stolen away. In that moment, he didn’t realize a new beginning was just around the corner, waiting to restore his passion for cooking.
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Brechtel Hospitality Launches Bonfire Events + Catering

NEW ORLEANS — Brechtel Hospitality — the owner and operator of Copper Vine, Fulton Alley and Vintage Rock Club— has announced the launch of its newest venture, Bonfire Events + Catering, a company specializing in customized events, chef-designed menus and sommelier-selected wines and beverages. Bonfire’s team of event specialists and culinary professionals want to help customers create backyard garden parties, elegant wine dinners, philanthropic events, weddings and more. The team includes chef Amy Mehrtens, sommelier Lydia Kurkoski and mixologist Alex Vines. Bonfire said it has partnered with purveyors and craftsmen from the greater New Orleans area and it will source its ingredients from local farms and fisheries.

Windsor Court Promotes Jillian Gonzalez

NEW ORLEANS — The Windsor Court Hotel has named Jillian Gonzalez restaurant manager of the Grill Room. With more than 15 years of customer service experience in a variety of settings, she has been working at Windsor Court since 2016 as food and beverage supervisor and food and beverage outlet manager. “I am ecstatic to be in this role and working with the new team in place,” she said.

Where Y’Eat: Spurred By Necessity, Outdoor Dining Keeps Growing

Along a busy stretch of Earhart Boulevard, Nice Guys Bar & Grill has added something different: an outdoor oasis where the aroma of charred oysters drifts from the grill and people gather over plates of praline chicken wings and crawfish hot sausage quesadillas. When this creative Creole tavern first opened,...

Sarthak Samantray and Aman Kota focus on Indian food in their Lufu pop-up

Sarthak Samantray and Aman Kota went to culinary schools in their native India, but they met in New Orleans while working in the French Quarter. Samantray grew up in Odisha in eastern India and attended the culinary program at Manipal University. Kota is from Hyderabad and studied at the Culinary Academy of India. They launched their Indian food pop-up Lufu (which stands for “Let Us Feed U”) in June and most weeks they serve food from Friday through Monday at changing locations, which have included Miel Brewery, Pal’s Lounge, The Drifter Hotel, Parleaux Beer Lab, Coffee Science, Café Negril and elsewhere. Find the pop-up on Instagram at @lufu_nola.

Olive serves Mediterranean and Lebanese cuisine in the CBD

When Hani Rabee came to America from his hometown of Jerusalem seven years ago, he thought he knew what he would find. “I thought the whole United States is the same thing,” says Rabee, 35, who came to the U.S. with his wife Nura. “But New Jersey is very different than New Orleans.”

Kamali Creole Kitchen offers a taste of New Orleans

For those looking for a taste of New Orleans-style cuisine, there’s a new restaurant at The Village at Lee Branch: Kamali Creole Kitchen. The restaurant is owned by Ryan Emery and his wife, Qiana, who started their culinary adventure out of a food truck in 2019. They made stops at a variety of locations around Birmingham and were also requested for special events.

Ian McNulty: A culinary program that changes lives is thriving as restaurants change too

Many people know Liberty’s Kitchen as a place to get a burger, a salad or a coffee at its cafe, next to the Whole Foods Market on North Broad Street (some know it particularly for its black-eyed pea “cowboy caviar,” too). Others might know it for its catering service. Both of those facets of Liberty’s Kitchen have been on hiatus in the pandemic. But quietly, the underlying work of uplift and change at this culinary-based community group has been thriving.

Mister Mao Fascinates With Flavor

With the closure of Dick & Jenny's came Mister Mao, owned and operated by wife and husband team Chef Sophina Uong and William "Wildcat" Greenwell. The veteran culinary and cocktail whizzes are no strangers to the upscale restaurant scene; you've probably sampled their stuff at Rockrose (Uong) or the Elysian Bar (Greenwell). But for the last couple of months, they tested out the flavors that would eventually be featured at Mister Mao on the small scale, popping up around town at places including Zony Mash Brewery. Now that Mister Mao has entered the scene as a full-on brick-and-mortar, Chef Uong, bar genius Greenwell, and the whole staff have a place to let their imaginations and skills flourish.

Five Places in NOLA to Visit for National Chocolate Day

Who doesn't love chocolate? Originating in the Americas and enjoyed by ancient civilizations like the Olmecs, Maya, and Aztecs, chocolate is now an international known treat that is perfect for many different types of dessert. It's truly versatile! In honor of National Chocolate Day on October 28, here are five New Orleans establishments that serve some great chocolate dishes.

Warm up to the comfort of soup served in a bread bowl with these filling autumn recipes

Bread bowls! Who’s with me? The comfort of soup in a bread bowl has been around at least since the 1980s. Then there are other ideas: Spinach dip in a big rye bread bowl. The fantastic little spot Tartine on Perrier Street in New Orleans has eggs poached in a brioche bowl, with a layer of herbed cream below two eggs, topped with Gruyere and baked. Chili and hearty stews are naturals in a bread bowl. What else have you made or had in a bread bowl?

Former Longway Tavern now The Will & the Way

Longway Tavern, the French Quarter restaurant and bar that closed in February, has reopened with the same owners and a new name. The business is now named The Will & the Way and described as a wine bar with small plates that pair with cocktails. Located at 719 Toulouse St.,...

Here’s what pumpkin foods are most popular in each state

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — It’s autumn, which means Halloween, Thanksgiving, and of course, pumpkin-flavored treats! With Pumpkin Day coming up on October 26, what better way to highlight America’s favorite pumpkin foods? Check out this map powered by Instagram data: In Louisiana, the top pumpkin food was cookies, while in Mississippi, the fan-favorite was pumpkin […]