HOT TIN BAR & BACARDI TEAM UP FOR SOUTHERN DECADENCE SOIRÉE
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2023
Hot Tin is partnering with Bacardi to close out the summer and celebrate Southern Decadence; a cornerstone of queer culture and one of the largest annual celebrations by the LGBTQ community. This year's theme - Showtune Sundays.
The evening promises broadway-themed cocktails and cabaret. Admission is complimentary and guests can enjoy $16 hurricanes, and $14 handcrafted cocktails spotlighting an array of Bacardi brands. Attendees will also be treated to swag bags brimming with exclusive mementos, all while savoring hot dogs on the rooftop of the charming Garden District Pontchartrain Hotel.
Hot Tin’s Decadence celebration is free to the public and will take place on Sunday, September 3rd, from 2PM- 4PM. For more information, call (504) 323-1500. Hot Tin is located at the Pontchartrain Hotel at 2031 Street Charles Avenue.
THE ULTIMATE LIQUID COURAGE: BOURBON
TUJAGUE’S TO HOST “SAZERAC IN SEERSUCKER” BOURBON DINNER, SEPTEMBER 14TH
Tujague’s, the second-oldest restaurant in New Orleans, is excited to host “Sazerac in Seersucker,” an intimate dinner celebrating bourbon, the American whiskey. Indulge in a specially crafted five-course menu from Chef Gus Martin that seamlessly blends Creole classics while donning your best Seersucker ensemble. Priced at $135 per person (plus tax and gratuity), each course is thoughtfully paired with an exquisite bourbon cocktail. The menu for the evening follows:
Bacon Wrapped Gulf Shrimp
tomato confit, pickled okra, and sugar cane bourbon glaze
Pairing: Sazerac Rye “Savignac”
Prosciutto Gorgonzola Tarte
apple roasted pepper chutney
Pairing: Blanton’s Boulevardier
Duck Spring Roll
bacon bourbon gastrique
Pairing: W.L. Weller Special Reserve Trilby
Pan Roasted Pompano
potatoes croquette, jumbo lump crabmeat, bourbon corn sauce
Pairing: Eagle Rare “Sour Eagle”
Le Bête Noir
flourless chocolate cake, sweet double cream, and orange bourbon glaze
Pairing: Buffalo Trace L’Autre Bête
“Sazerac in Seersucker” Bourbon Dinner will take place on Thursday, September 14, 2023 at 6:30 PM. Reservations can be made on OpenTable or by calling (504) 525-8676. Tujague’s is located at 429 Decatur Street in the French Quarter. For additional information, please visit https://tujaguesrestaurant.com/news-and-events/sazerac-in-seersucker-bourbon-dinner/.
Some upcoming happenings at Ace Hotel New Orleans, Maison de la Luz, and Brewery Saint X:
Peacock Room will be hosting a special Decadence Brunch on Sunday, September 3, to celebrate the annual Labor Day weekend gathering with delicious brunch bites and drinks and a sing-along show from one of New Orleans most beloved drag queens and her krewe at Kimpton Hotel Fontenot. The magnificent Kookie Baker and friends with special guest Ben Childress on piano and vocals will perform from 10 a.m. until the Southern Decadence Parade begins at 2 p.m., giving attendees a fun way to kick-off the celebration.
Brunch service will start earlier, at 9 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m. Patrons will delight in brunch favorites like the Peacock Brunch Tower, which comes with buttermilk biscuits & jam, bourbon sticky buns, shaved prosciutto di Parma, pimento cheese, truffle deviled eggs, bread pudding French toast & cherry cane syrup, and fresh berries. The menu has plenty of other dishes to impress with the Louisiana Crawfish Benedict, Chef Lanna’s Biscuit Board, Croque Monsieur, and more.
The Peacock Room cocktail menu will also be available with drinks like All Ships Rise with Pineapple Rum, Aveze, house-made Habanero, and Queen of the Rodeo, a dazzling concoction of bold flavors of Grey Goose L’Orange, Trakal, Alma Quinquina, lime cordial, and cranberry. And for every Queen of the Rodeo cocktail purchased, $1 from the sale will go toward supporting the life-saving work of The Trevor Project.
Through a year-round partnership with The Trevor Project, guests who book a stay at Kimpton Hotel Fontenot using the Trevor Project rate code will get 15% off the best flexible rate and donate $10 per night to this important nonprofit providing 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQIA+ youth.
The Decadence Brunch is free to attend, with food and beverages for purchase. Reservations are recommended for everyone interested in attending.
WHEN: Sunday, September 3, 2023
Brunch service: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Performances: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
WHERE: Peacock Room at Kimpton Hotel Fontenot
501 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130
To make a reservation or find out more information about Peacock Room, visit PeacockRoomNola.com You can also follow on Instagram and Facebook @peacockroomnola for future updates about cocktails, dishes, partnerships, pop-ups and more.
Star Crossed: A Midsummer Nightmare
Review by Amelia Parenteau
In a New Orleans summer rife with Shakespeare, Fat Squirrel serves up a manic retelling of the canon with 'Star Crossed: A Midsummer Nightmare'. Combining text, themes, and characters from over 17 of Shakespeare’s plays, Andrea Watson conceived and directed this original production with an ensemble cast of 18 performers. Watson herself stars as Mercutio, the mercurial agent of chaos tying the divergent plot lines together with his insatiable need for scheming.
Like any grand family reunion, the play features many familiar characters and several stunning performances. Laura Bernas is a powerhouse as Fairy King Oberon, taking inordinate delight in drugging Titania (Lizzy Bruce), the Fairy Queen, for nefarious revenge. Mary Pauley as Juliet’s Nurse showcases her phenomenal range, pulling laughs one moment and tenderly tugging heartstrings the next. Elyse McDaniel plays a fierce, spiteful Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, deftly holding the spotlight even while having her lines, spoken in Spanish, simultaneously spoken in English by the Translator (Kaylon Willoughby).
Taking advantage of the large ensemble cast, Watson created beautiful stage pictures, including a striking tableau to open the show, with characters garbed in the tunics of Ancient Athens and holding statuesque poses. Court dances and stage combat were high points of the action in an otherwise dialogue-heavy script.
The soundtrack combined moody indie rock hits with instrumental underscoring, which could have gone even further to highlight dramatic moments: I would have loved a swelling orchestra beneath Romeo and Juliet’s first ecstatic kiss, for example. “Star Crossed” delivers on unabashedly queer romance, with Hermia (Hannah Dougharty) and Helena (Desirée Burrell) as one of the central pairs of lovers, and Titania falling head-over-heels for the Nurse in her love-potioned trance.
Perhaps the truest madness is daring to love at all, knowing that after all humans, gods, and fairies’ machinations in life, we each inevitably meet our end in death? Unless we’re lucky enough to have a poet or playwright keep telling our tale.
“Star Crossed” runs through August 24, 2023. Tickets and more information available here.
As Summer comes to an end, Tujague’s - the iconic dining destination and second-oldest restaurant in New Orleans is excited to host a Rosè All Day Luncheon, a rosè themed three-course lunch created by Executive Chef Gus Martin. Priced at $46 per person, guests can indulge in classic Creole cuisine, along with specially priced rosè by-the-glass, by-the-bottle and themed cocktails. The menu follows:
Chicken & Sausage Gumbo
Tujague's House Salad
BBQ Shrimp & Grits
Gulf Fish Amandine
Pan Roasted Airline Chicken Breast
Grilled Petite Filet Mignon
New Orleans Bread Pudding
*Don’t forget to don your best pink outfit
WHEN/WHERE: Rosè All Day Luncheon will take place on Friday, August 25th. Reservations can be made on OpenTable and is available anytime between 11 AM and 2:30 PM. Tujague’s is located at 429 Decatur Street. For additional information visit https://tujaguesrestaurant.com/.
This summer, in conjunction with Copeland’s of New Orleans’ momentous 40th anniversary, the locally-based restaurant offers “Summer Shareables.” The menu was crafted for guests to choose four shareable courses for $40, which allows you to share with two or share with a few. Choose one starter, two entrees, and a dessert from Copeland’s Summer Shareables menu.
“We are incredibly grateful to our guests and the community for their support over the last 40 years,” said Al Copeland, Jr. “This special menu is our way of expressing our gratitude and sharing our passion for food with those who have been loyal and new guests who want a taste of our culinary creations. The menu gives everyone a chance to mix-n-match, to try something new and enjoy their favorites with family and friends. Copeland’s of New Orleans focuses on high-quality ingredients, supporting local vendors, creative dishes, and warm hospitality. We look forward to continuing to create many more memorable moments with our guests!”
First Course: Kickoff the Flavor
Kickoff the culinary journey with a classic Copeland’s dish or a light salad. Starters include Artichoke & Spinach Dip; Bayou Broccoli®, an original since 1983; or Large Penthouse Salad®.
Second and Third Course: Mix-n-Match Favorites
Choose two entrees which include Shrimp & Tasso Pasta, an original since 1983; Chicken Parmesan; Jambalaya Pasta, an original since 1983; Blackened Trio, Shrimp or Catfish Po-Boy; Copeland Burger, an original since 1983;.
Fourth Course: A Sweet Celebration
No celebration is complete without dessert. For dessert, guests can choose 40th Anniversary Chantilly Cheesecake, Homemade Brownie Deluxe A La Mode, or Rum Cream Bread Pudding.
The Summer Shareables menu is available at Copeland’s of New Orleans Louisiana locations or can be ordered online for pickup or delivery at copelandstogo.com.
For more information, please visit www.copelandsofneworleans.com, www.copelandscheesecakebistro.com, or www.noleevents.com.
KIMPTON HOTEL FONTENOT HOSTS VISUAL ARTIST JAY MCKAYFOR A SPECIAL WHITE LINEN NIGHT ART INSTALLATION
Kimpton Hotel Fontenot will host New Orleans visual artist Jay McKay for his art installation, F#ↃK I SPILT MY PAINT, during White Linen Night on Saturday, August 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. The event is free to attend and open to the public.
The evening begins in King, the hotel’s newly opened French brasserie and bar, where White Linen guests will head inside the restaurant, stop in for a drink at the bar, and make their way to the hotel’s cocktail lounge, Peacock Room, for the full installation featuring Jay’s artwork and the tunes of DJ Spinelli.
Specialty cocktails will be available at both Peacock Room and King. And of course, Peacock Room favorites will also be served up, including All Ships Rise with Pineapple Rum, Aveze, house-made Habanero. King’s lineup of delicious beverages also features drinks like the Cote d’Azur with La Favorite Agricole Rhum, Giffard Abricot Lemon, and Orgeat.
For White Linen Night guests looking to sit down for a meal with their night out, King brasserie & bar will have a full menu available. Executive Chef Samuel Peery’s menu rooted in the beloved brasseries of the French Riviera region while weaving in the flavors and traditions of New Orleans features many memorable dishes. Among the favorites are the Crawfish Beignets with crab fat aioli, the Grilled Octopus with a vadouvan and sweet potato curry and lardons of Benton’s bacon to give it a smoky finish, and the King Carbonara with a sauce made from sea urchin, reduced cream and parmesan. And don’t forget the King Bread Service.
But reservations are recommended for anyone looking to sit and dine while at the event. Otherwise, space will be available on a first come, first served basis.
WHEN: Saturday, August 5, 2023 | 6-9pm
WHERE: King & Peacock Room at Kimpton Hotel Fontenot
501 & 521 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130
Check out Jay McKay online at https://www.art-by-jay.com/, and on Instagram @artby_jay. Reservations and more info on King can be found at kingbrasserieandbar.com, and at peacockroomnola.com for Peacock Room. You can also follow King on Instagram at @kingbrasserienola and Peacock Room on Instagram @peacockroomnola.
Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans and Chef Donald Link announce the return of Chemin à la Mer’s wildly popular Oyster Hour. Oyster Hour takes place seven days a week from 3 – 5 p.m. at the Oyster Bar, in the Purple Grackle Bar, and on the Terrace, all located on the fifth floor of Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans overlooking the Mississippi River.
Chef Link offers a rotating variety of $2 oysters, including the Gulf Coast favorite Murder Point oysters from Bayou La Batre, Alabama, paired with $10 glasses of wine and spritzes selected by Chemin’s sommelier, Emily Kitzmiller. In addition to raw oysters, an all-day raw bar menu is available featuring Tuna Crudo with snow peas, mint and sauce chien; peel and eat Steamed Louisiana Shrimp; and an Ora King Salmon Ceviche with cucumber, red onion, lime, mint, and chiles.
Chemin à la Mer is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Reservations are available on OpenTable, by phone at 504-434-5898, and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow along on Instagram @CheminalaMer and @FSHotelNewOrleans.
MISTER MAO TO HOST LITTLE MAO BBQ MONDAYS WITH LOCAL GUEST CHEFS
Mister Mao, Uptown New Orleans’ tropical roadhouse with creative, “inauthentic” food and killer cocktails is excited to announce Little Mao BBQ Mondays, an exciting lineup of mouthwatering global BBQ nights with guest chefs from some of NOLA’s top restaurants. Highlighting unique BBQ dishes and Mister Mao favorites, foodies and hospitality professionals can enjoy unique and delectable dishes every Monday from 5PM-9 PM. Priced to show love to industry professionals, the chef lineup features:
August 7th - Mexican BBQ Night with Galaxie
Prepare your taste buds for an explosion of Mexican flavors under the guidance of Galaxie’s Chef Pablo Reyes. Delight in Mixiotes de Pollo, a traditional Mexican Barbecue featuring chicken marinated in authentic Mexican chilies, wrapped in a banana leaf or pouch and steamed to perfection. Savor the rich flavors of Cochinita Pibil, slow-cooked pork with achiote chile sauce wrapped in banana leaves. Complete your culinary adventure with Oaxaca Black Beans and a refreshing street corn salad.
August 14th - Asian BBQ Potluck
Take part in Asian BBQ Potluck Club, a collaboration between Chef Hieu Than of Kin for Din and Mister Mao’s very own Sophina Uong. Enjoy Betel Leaf Lamb with herby chili pepper jelly; Chicken Fried Catfish Nuggets with ras al hangout caramel fish sauce; Meat on Sticks with Khmer beef, lemongrass, turmeric, and hot-ass chilies; Khmer Grilled Corn with coconut milk, palm sugar, fish sauce and scallion, and Pandan Milk with jackfruit, lychee, mango, coconut, and New Orleans ice.
August 21st - Ethiopian BBQ by ADDIS Nola
Discover the vibrant flavors of Ethiopia brought to you by Chef Prince Lobo of ADDIS Nola. Relish in the Marmita Shrimp with spiced honey shrimp; Awaze Ribs with 12 spice Berbere and red wine glazed; Sinig with blistered peppers, and don't miss the Gomen, a traditional collard greens dish enriched with spinach.
August 28th - Alabama BBQ from Chef Nathan Barfield of Turkey and The Wolf
End August with a bang with Chef Nathan Barfield of Turkey and the Wolf on August 28th. Enjoy some Alabama BBQ staples such as the Smoked chicken wings with pineapple habanero white BBQ sauce; Spare ribs with potato salad and banana pudding.
Mister Mao is located at 4501 Tchoupitoulas Street. For more information, visit https://www.mistermaonola.com/, or call (504) 345-2056. Reservations can be made on Resy.
Some options for Coolinary week!
Compere Lapin: Situated in the Warehouse Arts District, Compére Lapin - helmed by acclaimed Chef Nina Compton - invites guests to enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu for $45 per person (excludes tax and gratuity). Start your meal with a choice of Smoked Fish Dip with pickles and seeded lavash; Apple & Mirliton Salad with mango-herb vinaigrette; or Baby Lettuces with tomato vinaigrette. Main course options include Fried Chicken with jerk honey butter and coconut grits; Ricotta Gnocchi with blackened Summer vegetables; and Brown-Stewed Gulf Seafood with cilantro rice. Dessert options include Mango Crème Brûlée with coconut and lime and Bread Pudding with cashew, rum caramel, and brûléed banana. Compere Lapin is located at 535 Tchoupitoulas Street. http://comperelapin.com/.
Jack Rose: The lively restaurant located inside the Garden District’s Pontchartrain Hotel will participate in COOLinary for the first time, featuring dinner and brunch menus created by award-winning Chef/Owner Brian Landry. Priced at $50 per person, a three-course prix fixe dinner starts with Calabrian Chili and Fennel Sausage with rapini pesto, Parmigiano Reggiano, and ciabatta, followed by Linguini Frutti Di Mare with clams, mussels, shrimp, and saffron broth. End on a sweet and refreshing note with Cool for Summer, composed of lemon ice cream and watermelon-basil consommé. Jack Rose will also feature a COOLinary brunch menu for $50 per person. Enjoy the Calabrian Chili and Fennel Sausage, Crab Cake Benedict with poached eggs and Creole hollandaise, and Cool for Summer dessert. Brunch is available Saturday & Sunday, and dinner is available Wednesday - Saturday. Jack Rose is located at 2031 St. Charles Avenue. https://www.jackroserestaurant.com/.
Tujague’s: The second-oldest restaurant in New Orleans, Tujague’s COOLinary menu will feature a three-course prix fixe menu for $49 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Start with the choice of Caprese Salad with Roma tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, sweet onion, and balsamic drizzle; Chicken & Andouille Gumbo with Louisiana popcorn rice; or New Orleans Barbecued Shrimp with grilled French bread. Mains include Gulf Oyster and Tasso Pappardelle with spinach, smoked tomatoes, and tarragon Chardonnay cream sauce; Pork Schnitzel with spaetzle, pickled summer vegetables, and creole mustard demi-glace; and Grilled Gulf Pompano with chaurice sausage croquettes, pico de gallo, and lemon butter sauce. End your dinner with a tasty dessert choice of either Blueberry Cobbler with spiced crumble topping and vanilla bean ice cream, or a classic Crème Brûlée. The COOLinary menu is available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday. Tujague’s is located at 429 Decatur Street in the French Quarter. https://tujaguesrestaurant.com/.
The Bower (pictured): Located in New Orleans’ Lower Garden District, The Bower will feature a three-course prix fixe menu available Monday - Saturday for $49 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Starter choices include Whipped Feta with house pickles and grilled baguette; Crispy Pork Belly with pickles, peach BBQ sauce, frisée, sunflower seeds, and oregano; and "Chicken Fried" Bay Scallops with spicy corn sauce gribiche. Mains feature a choice of Confit Chicken Quarter with heirloom cherry tomato, sweet corn, summer peppers, local goat cheese, and oregano vinaigrette; Spicy Ground Shrimp Spaghetti with oven-dried tomato, aged balsamic vinegar, parmesan, and breadcrumbs; and Braised Short Ribs with crispy new potatoes, summer pepper piperade, torched Spanish blue cheese Glacage. For dessert, enjoy the choice of Pineapple Upside Down Cake with Luxardo cherry and rum sauce or Flourless Chocolate Cake with salted caramel and whipped cream cheese. The Bower is located at 1320 Magazine Street. www.thebowernola.com.
Birdy’s Behind The Bower: Dining at Birdy’s is always a good option. The charming Instagram-worthy spot will highlight a two-course lunch menu offered Monday - Friday for $25 per person (does not include beverage, tax or gratuity). Starter options include the choice of Blueberry Avocado Salad with arugula, blueberries, radish, avocado, cherry tomatoes, chia seeds, toasted walnuts, and honey white balsamic; Chai Spiced Chia Pudding with toasted coconut, macerated berries, and cacao nibs. Mains include the Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Hook’s White Cheddar, chevre, fig jam, balsamic caramelized onions, and served with a choice of a side salad or house-made tots; and Fried Soft Shell Crab with cornmeal-crusted buster crab, farm tomato salad, green goddess dressing, and caper remoulade. Birdy’s Behind The Bower is located at 1320 Magazine Street. https://birdysnola.com/.
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