Midnight Menu +1

Ray Cannata has eaten at over 750 New Orleans restaurants, so he knows a thing or two about hanging out. Margo Moss has turned Ted's Frostop from a greasy spoon into a considerably less greasy but not quite silver spoon. When the sun goes down on The NOLA Brewing Tap Room in the Irish Channel, Ray and Margo entertain members of New Orleans restaurant community. Their guests bring along a friend, a +1. Anything can happen.

Simple Things Done Right

Simple Things Done Right
January 27, 2015

You might think naming a restaurant after a ditch is maybe sending the wrong message about the standard or even type of food you'd expect to get there. But when the ditch is "Trenasse" - the Cajun French word for a cut-through in the bayou - and the location is the tony Intercontinental Hotel on St Charles Avenue in New Orleans, it all starts to make sense. Chef Jean Pierre Guidry... Read More »

Trucks Powered By Figs

Trucks Powered By Figs
January 20, 2015

When Barrie Schwarz went home from work as a food runner in a restaurant and tried to figure out what she could do to open a business in between throwing parties at her house, she realized that maybe if she combined all three parts of her life - throwing parties at her house for the people at work as a business - she'd hit a home run. Well, it wasn't totally... Read More »

You Can't Beat Wagner's Poboy

You Can't Beat Wagner's Poboy
January 13, 2015

Scott and Jane Wolfe got married and opened their first grocery store when he was 19 and she was 17. A few grocery stores later Jane and Scott were to discover a factoid about marketing that changed their lives and etched an indelibe icon into the minds of all New Orleanians. Dispensing with every other daily special in their grocery stores, Scott and Jane swung for the fences and hit a home... Read More »

Squirrel Head Placenta Gumbo

Squirrel Head Placenta Gumbo
January 6, 2015

When you grow up on the Bayou you learn to catch and cook pretty much anything that moves. When you get to be Executive Chef at one of New Orleans' leading hip restaurants like Tivoli and Lee you can be "influenced" by your childhood roots but you can't totally replicate that cuisine. Chef Marcus Woodham is a product of Bayou Goula but the dishes he creates and serves on Lee Circle are... Read More »

Eat Healthy, Don't Fry the Reindeer

Eat Healthy, Don't Fry the Reindeer
December 30, 2014

Molly Kimball is New Orleans' highest profile proponent of eating healthy, but she's no tyrant. Molly is happy for you to go to your favorite restaurant and order your favorite meal. She also believes that your favorite restaurant can make your favorite meal with no white carbs - meaning without or with less white sugar or white flour. Putting her money where her mouth is, literally (kind of) Molly's crusade Eat Fit... Read More »

Bistro to Baja

Bistro to Baja
December 16, 2014

When acclaimed Boston chef Dustin Brien mistakenly applied for a job as a line cook at Salu restaurant on Magazine in Uptown New Orleans neither he nor the equally confused owner understood what either of them was thinking. Once they got the confusion sorted out, the restaurant owners decided to ditch their plans to hire a chef they had lined up and put their chips on Dustin. It turned out... Read More »

Dis Dat 'n Kiss

Dis Dat 'n Kiss
December 9, 2014

The last thing you'd think of as British food is hot dogs, right? Right. And if you were going to import hot dogs into Britain the last person you'd turn to would be a foodie from New Orleans. Right? Wrong. Skip Murray introduced the unsuspecting Brits to the delicacies of second rate meat on lame white bread roll buns before realizing if that if he amped up his game he could... Read More »

Hope 'n Stinky

Hope 'n Stinky
December 2, 2014

Traditionally in America there have been two sure fire ways to get out of a life of poverty: sports and music. Here in New Orleans there's also another route: food. Following in the footsteps of Catholic Charities' success story Cafe Reconcile in Central City, Cafe Hope started up on the Westbank, giving disadvantaged kids courses in kitchen and front of house skills that they can then apply in the wider... Read More »

Wayfare: The Mother's Milk of Sandwiches

Wayfare: The Mother's Milk of Sandwiches
November 25, 2014

If you don't hear this for yourself you won't believe it. It's hard to imagine a more innocent opening question to ask Chef Kevin White, the kitchen mastermind behind the Freret Street bistro success, Wayfare. Margo simply asks Chef Kevin, "How did you get started cooking?" From there the conversation starts down a fascinating road that takes us from eating snakes in the Iraqi desert to cooking pasta with Mario Batali... Read More »

Handful of Sand

Handful of Sand
November 18, 2014

Mike Yusko came to New Orleans the same way many have before him: "I met a girl from Hammond." Yanked out of the cosmopolitan world of tending Bohemian bar in downtown Los Angeles, Mike found himself pioneering the cosmopolitan world of Bohemian Freret Street at newly opened Cure. Creating drinks named after movies and Czech novels, like The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, Mike didn't start writing moody novels in his off... Read More »

Queen of The Hillel

Queen of The Hillel
November 4, 2014

Harveen Khera's ethnic background - daughter of Indian and Malaysian parents growing up in London - and her cuisine career - including working in San Francisco's finest restaurant and opening her own bar  - prepared her for almost any epicurean eventuality. Except being the chef in a New Orleans kosher kitchen. But that's exactly what she is, and she's killing it. Harveen is the founding chef at Hillel's Kitchen, the local,... Read More »

Sweet Samurai

Sweet Samurai
October 28, 2014

Margo's son just had a birthday. In his short life his sock puppet has already had a long and tortured history, featuring maiming, loss, death, and rebirth. When Margo hit on the dea that it woukd be fun to capture all that in a cake, who else could she turn to than Midori-Tajiri Byrd. Sometimes you meet people who have moved to New Orleans and when they tell you their life... Read More »

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