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.

I Read it in a Magazine

I Read it in a Magazine
March 25, 2014

Most college kids eat cheap or bad but that didn't stop wannabe food writer Daniel Schumacher penning a food column in his student paper.  Daniel went on to become a professional food writer in New York, Birmingham Alabama, and now in New Orleans as editor of Louisiana Cookin'. Daniel describes what it's like writing about food. It's a fascinating procedure that most of us have never thought about, involving the doubly hedonistic... Read More »

Rollin' Fatties

Rollin' Fatties
March 18, 2014

What do you think of when you hear the name "Rollin Fatties"? Fat or weed? Maybe burritos? How about a burrito that's more than a burrito? It's a fattie! Aiji Daste's food truck is rollin', making vegetarian fatties that will rock your Tex Mex burrito world. Fatties like The Soul Food - a tortilla wrapped around greeens, candied yams, other delicacies and mac'n'cheese!  Not only are the rolled fattties one of the... Read More »

The Farm to Table Peche Connection

The Farm to Table Peche Connection
February 25, 2014

Chef Ryan Prewitt from Peche and his +1 Link Restaurant Group food forager Ashey Locklear are re-writing the book on ocean and farm to table dining in New Orleans. Chef Ryan got to Peche through trial by fire and his kitchen tales of rising through the ranks are the equal of any horror stories you've heard.  Ashley has a job that takes her around the state of Louisiana and into Mississippi and... Read More »

Blood Roses

Blood Roses
February 18, 2014

Eman Loubier of Dante's Kitchen and Noodle and Pie joins Ray and Margo under the stars at Grille by The Hill to talk about what how Eman got into the restaraunt biz, and what brought him from his home town of Jersey City to New Orleans. Then they welcome Eman's plus one, Demetria Christo, owner and founder of Eco Urban Landscaping.   Demetria tells everyone one how eco friendly landscaping can help New... Read More »

Eureaux Sophisteaux on Magazine

Eureaux Sophisteaux on Magazine
February 4, 2014

Near Ms Mae's and across from the 2nd District Police station on Magazine Street, a step through the door into Cafe Rivista immediately transports you into a whole other world of casual European sophistication. Even the air feels Italian. But don't think pretentious furnishings, hipster baristas or gleaming cappuccino machines, this joint is understated and real. Real pastries, real coffee, real sandwiches, real amazing. And there's a reason. Actually, two... Read More »

Rolls and Bowls

Rolls and Bowls
January 28, 2014

Margo is such a big fan of Vietnamese resaurant Rolls and Bowls that not only has she eaten there twice in one day, she ordered the same dish for lunch and dinner!   Co-owner Ricky Phan is the first guest to bring along a plus one that is, as he described it, "My plus two" - his pregnant wife, Vivian. Margo made the best joke of the night, describing Vivian's condition as... Read More »

There's no Jesus in Your King Cake

There's no Jesus in Your King Cake
January 21, 2014

Liz Williams had a hand in creating the World War II Museum and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Finding herself at the same age Julia Child was when she left the straight life behind and started out following her passion for food, Liz did the same and founded the Southern Food & Beverage Museum.   Liz had no idea she was about to become an American pioneer: the first person in... Read More »

How You Like Dem Tacos?

How You Like Dem Tacos?
December 30, 2013

Ray is a man of the cloth plus he's eaten at over 750 New Orleans restaurants so we don't take his word about food lightly. He's on record as saying his choice for his last meal on earth, should he know that in fact it is his last meal, would be a taco from Woody's Fish Tacos.  As soon as we were able to track Woody down - which was far... Read More »

At Your Service

At Your Service
December 23, 2013

We often refer to the restaurant world as "the service industry" but the people who actually serve are mostly relegated to the role of functionary - simply a necessary conduit between the real stars of dining: the chef and the person bestowing the food with appreciation or approbation. However, there are servers in the service industry who take their role far more seriously and understand the place of context, presentation,... Read More »

Living Large on the Lakefront

Living Large on the Lakefront
December 16, 2013

Back in the day - pre Katrina and Ivan and a bunch of other wicked storms that killed them off one at a time - the New Orleans Lakefreont was a mecca of seafood restaurants.  Fitzgerald's, Sid-Mar's, Brunings, and more, Lakefront dining was an integral part of growing up in New Orleans.  Eventually they all ended up like this - washed into Lake Pontchartrain beyond repair. And that's how it's been since... Read More »

Live at Thrive

Live at Thrive
December 10, 2013

Midnight Menu is live from Thrive at The Laurel Street Bakery this week. Ray and Margo start out the show by welcoming "the genius behind Thrive" (Ray's understated hyperbole) Peter Menge.   Ray and Margo turn to the main course of the evening, Seth Hamstead, owner of Cleaver and Co. a whole meat old fashioned butcher shop . Seth explains how being a chemist then economist in Chicago eventually led him to... Read More »

Coffee Riot 2.0

Coffee Riot 2.0
December 2, 2013

Greg Hill has been in every one of 500-plus coffee shops in Louisiana. He bought the one without a sign surrounded by competitors. From a blank canvas Greg is turning Cafe Luna into a unique location. His ex-bandmate John Thompson is still rocking, and hating every minute of it. Read More »

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