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.

A Couch of Our Own

A Couch of Our Own
July 15, 2014

Nobody went to Ernie K-Doe's legendary Mother In Law Lounge to actually lounge. Except Tee Eva Perry. Tee Eva was K-Doe's back-up singer and dancer, and best friend of K-Doe's wife, Antoinette. Some of Tee Eva's fondest memories are of the nights - every night of the week they weren't performing - spent lounging around in the back room of the club with Ernie, Antoinette, and "Mom" (Antoinette's mom). Revealing a little... Read More »

Meat: A Love Story

Meat: A Love Story
July 8, 2014

Chef Rob Bechtold loves his meat smoker so much he sleeps with it. Well, next to it. And gets up every half hour to tend to the flames. Apparently you can taste the love and dedication in every bite because Chef Rob and wife Emily's NOLA Smokehouse sells out of barbq every single day. Rob and Emily met on that romantic boulevard, Veterans Highway in Metairie, at the short-lived take-out for foodies Mecca,... Read More »

The Sheikh of Arabi and The St Roch Kid

The Sheikh of Arabi and The St Roch Kid
July 1, 2014

Emeril's Delmonico Chef de Cuisine Anthony Scanio looks like he's directing traffic at a busy intersection, but actually he's just sitting down with a beer to have an amiable chat with Ray and Margo.  Animated Chef Anthony is a whirlwind of wonderful tales about Arabi, Italy, crabs, mrlitons, kids, Creole cooking, Disney World, Mardi Gras, meat, and the sheer joy of changing your entire life's path to follow your dream. Chef Anthony's... Read More »

Trout Manure Diet Cheater

Trout Manure Diet Cheater
June 24, 2014

What's the difference between God and a Goddess? The former is everywhere and the latter is in one place at a time, right? NOLA Food Goddess Lori Gaudin comes mighty close to challenging that definition. Ray and Margo do their best to list all Lorin's culinary exploits from blogs to cookbooks, podcasts, TV shows, social media, and radio programs, but the list of achievements pales like vanilla against the colorful conversation about... Read More »

Smoke My Crabs Jackie O

Smoke My Crabs Jackie O
June 17, 2014

Steve Armbruster pioneered the New Orleans pop up restaurant scene back in 1978 when he founded a kitchen in Tipitina's. Steve and 13 friends opened Tips a year earlier so they could hear R&B artists who, thanks to The Beatles, "The British Invasion" and the total demise of New Orleans music, had no other place to play. Steve had never cooked before Tipitina's and he hadn't planned on turning his Red... Read More »

You Never Forget Your First

You Never Forget Your First
June 3, 2014

Krista Pendergraft-May is co-owner of Cowbell. Not only was Krista brave enough to open a restaurant practically on the railroad tracks and the foot of the levee at what was then the worst part of Oak Street (by miles) she is also fearless enough to be a guest on a food podcast she had not only never heard of, but never heard. Nor had anybody, not even the hosts of the... Read More »

Chef Special - Two For One

Chef Special - Two For One
May 27, 2014

We invited one of New Orleans' top chefs on the show, and got two.  Chef Dan Esses from Three Muses is Ray and Margo's guest. Although in this picture it looks like Chef Dan is holding Margo's hand across the table and Ray's holding her other hand under the table, what's actually going on is even more interesting. But not as interesting as it's about to get. When Dan invited Chef Nathaniel... Read More »

Chocolate Goat Cheese Romance

Chocolate Goat Cheese Romance
May 20, 2014

Having 5 girls under 6 is no picnic, especially when 4 of them are quadruplets. How many more life-changing events would you like after that? How about the non-quadruplet daughter is diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis? That's what happened to Alicia Murphy. Alicia's husband (and her +1 guest on tonight's show) is Matt Murphy, owner and chef at Irish pub and restaurant, Irish House. So when their daughter wasn't responding well to... Read More »

You Do You Kelly Bebe

You Do You Kelly Bebe
May 13, 2014

Kelly Boffone started out baking at Maurice's in Metairie when she was 18. It was the ideal job: starting at 4am meant she could stay all night partying and go straight to work. Little did young partying Kelly know that she would turn out to be a naturally super-talented baker and after graduating from John Folse's cooking school end up being head pastry chef at Emeril's. Having reached the top of... Read More »

Dr. Gourmet and Chef Nutella

Dr. Gourmet and Chef Nutella
April 29, 2014

Dr. Gourmet has a day job as a doctor and professor of medicine at Tulane University. And a side gig as a gourmet doctor at Tulane's revolutionary Goldring Institute for Culinary Medicine. Emmy Award winning Dr Gourmet, aka Timothy Harlan, started out working in restaurants at age 11. He opened his own French Bistro in his early 20's, and when his wife's ill-health drove him to find out more about medicine... Read More »

I'm Writing a Book

I'm Writing a Book
April 22, 2014

Addie K. Martin is a self-described "Swamp Cajun." As opposed to the "inland Cajuns" with the cochon propensities, Addie's Golden Meadow Cajuns are shrimpers and fishers. After graduating from the King of Cajun's Cooking School, aka Chef John Folse's Culinary Institute, Addie went on to work in restaurants till Katrina blew her plans in a different direction. She created advertisements at Peter Mayer for a bunch of years before returning to her... Read More »

On The Line at Upperline

On The Line at Upperline
April 15, 2014

Chef David Bridges is so high energy that he makes Midnight Menu +1 co-host Ray look practically normal. David's career has been a wild ride, from life on a Lear jet catering to the rich and famous to his current prestigious gig at one of New Orleans' finest restaurants, Upperline. At one point David had a restaurant in Shreveport Louisiana which was known for its fine food until it became even more... Read More »

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