mardi gras wine dinner
Copper Vine is excited to announce its 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Wine Dinner on Wednesday, February 8th (6:30 pm). Highlighting natural wines from producers and regions across the globe, the evening will feature a five- course dining experience by Executive Chef Amy Mehrtens and Sommelier Emily Walker designed to stoke curiosity and challenge guests’ understanding of sensorial elements in food and wine.
Chef Amy has mirrored the wild spirit of these wines with her food pairings, presenting dishes with playful manipulation of structural expectation and featuring eclectic flavors and unanticipated textures.
Tickets are now available ($150 per person, inclusive of tax and service) on Copper Vine’s website.
prime rib night at the bower
Paying tribute to the King of all Cuts, The Bower is introducing a limited-run Prime Rib Night, available Thursdays from January 5th – February 23rd. Executive Chef Marcus Woodham has created a menu sure to tantalize even the most discerning carnivore. Priced at $49 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), the three-course special includes The Bower Caesar; Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe with green and pink peppercorns; and a 12- ounce Herb and Mustard Crusted Prime Rib served with a basil and horseradish pesto.
Optional wine pairings are available by-the-glass and by-the-bottle and include both “on the lighter side” & “big and bold” options. Pricing starts at $14 per glass and $68 per bottle.
Prime Rib Night will take place Thursdays during January and February 2023 (excluding Thursday, February 9th). Reservations are encouraged. The Bower is located at 1320 Magazine Street and serves dinner Monday – Thursday 4PM - 9PM; Friday and Saturday 4PM – 10PM. For reservations or additional information, please visit www.thebowernola.com or call (504) 582-9738.
MORE NYE HAPPENINGS!
Join Chef/Owner Sophina Uong and partner William “Wildcat” Greenwell for New Year’s Eve 2022: A Tribute to House of Prime Rib. Mister Mao is offering guests festive, four-course prix fixe featuring inventive, bold and flavorful “inauthentic” cuisine. Priced at $85 per person (excluding tax + gratuity) starters include Lump Crab Egg Drop Soup and Little Gem Salad, tossed tableside with pickled beets, egg mimosa, sourdough croutons, chive and pink dressing. Main course, served family - style is Roast Prime Rib of Beef served with turmeric creamed greens, mashed Yukon gold potatoes, chile crisp Dutch baby, cream of horseradish and beef tallow brown gravy. Mister Mao will also offer vegetarian-pescatarian-gluten free options (to be pre-ordered) Red Snapper Bullinada- Catalan fish stew, saffron, sunchoke, fingerling, Marash pepper aioli or Risotto of 7th Ward Greens – kale ink, pickled fennel, king trumpet, satsuma, tarragon. Save room for the happy endings like Windowsill Pies’ Dark Chocolate Peppermint Tart or a delightful Bananas Foster Cream Pie. Mister Mao is open on New Year’s Eve with seatings at 6PM and 9PM. RESERVATIONS HERE
Looking for a fun twist to New Year’s Day? Mister Mao will kick off 2023 with an a la carte Walk of Shame Brunch featuring the return of the Here Comes the Chuck Wagon – Mister Mao’s famed dim sum push cart. “You win some, you dim sum!” says Chef/Owner Sophina Uong. With three seatings at 12PM, 2PM and 4PM, the restaurant will offer an array of Chinese Dim Sum, available off the menu, as well as rotating on the push cart including Chinese Sausage + Crab Fried Rice with schmaltz; Sheng Jian Bao – pan fried pork dumplings; Char Siu Chicken Baked Buns with Dutch Crunch; Singapore Curry Fried Tofu; Star Anise Pork Belly + Braised Soybeans; Boiled Shrimp Dumplings with black vinegar sauce; and more. Specialty brunch dishes will also be on offer including Gulf Shrimp Toast Benedict. Featured cocktails will include Maochelada - Tecate, Chamoy, tajin rim; Walk of Shame - vodka, passionfruit, Noilly Prat vermouth; Gochujang Bloody Kim - Tamari, red miso, vodka; and Blocked Caller - Rosewater + Satsuma Agua Fresca (Nonalcoholic). www.mistermaonola.com. Mister Mao is located at 4501 Tchoupitoulas Street in New Orleans. Reservations suggested.
Named the #1 “Best Hotel Restaurant 2020” by USA TODAY 10Best, Jack Rose is the perfect spot to ring in the New Year. Guests can expect creative interpretations of classic dishes by renowned Chef Brian Landry. The four-course prix-fixe menu ($75–$90, depending on the main course) will be offered from 5PM-10PM on New Year’s Eve. Menu highlights include Panko Grouper; Duck Gumbo; Bone-in Ribeye; and the famous Mile High Pie. Jack Rose is located at the Pontchartrain Hotel, 2031 St Charles Avenue in New Orleans. For more information or reservations, please call (504) 323-1500 or visit www.jackroserestaurant.com. Jack Rose is located at 2031 St Charles Avenue in New Orleans, Garden District.
After dinner at Jack Rose, check out the great New Year’s Eve live performance at Bayou Bar (lobby level), featuring Jordan Anderson from 10PM - 1AM (no cover charge). Or hit the rooftop at Hot Tin, where tunes, cocktails and views await ($25 cover charge).
A culinary experience that is sure to ring in 2023 in style. Guests will enjoy a four-course meal priced at $95 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) available 4PM-10PM on New Year’s Eve. Guests will enjoy an appetizer of Sunchoke Cheesecake with Kaluga caviar and dill emulsion; first-course choice of Boquerones with blood orange, pink peppercorns, nduja vinaigrette, persillade, breadcrumbs or Beef Carpaccio with pickled shallots, smoked clam aioli, Point Reyes blue cheese, wild arugula; second-course choices are Fritto Misto – bay scallops, squid, broccoli, oyster mushrooms, saffron aioli or Lambchetta – parmesan and grain mustard, pesto; third-course choices of Veal Cannelloni – spinach, bechamel, Arrabiata sauce or Gulf Shrimp Alla Busara – little neck clams, fresh horseradish, heirloom cherry tomato, saffron, herbs, spaghetti cacio e pepe and save room for the fourth-course dessert choices of Bower Tiramisu – mascarpone cream, espresso soaked sugar cookie, cocoa powder or Apple Hand Pie – salted caramel, thyme and cream cheese ice cream. The Bower is located at 1320 Magazine Street in New Orleans. For reservations or additional information, please visit www.thebowernola.com or call (504) 582-9738.
Welcome the new year in the Crescent City’s second oldest restaurant, Tujague’s. Priced at $90 per person (excluding tax + gratuity), the festive four-course menu prepared by Executive Chef Gus Martin will be offered from 5PM - 10:30PM. Guests will begin with a decadent Duck and Mushroom Gumbo served with Louisiana popcorn rice followed by Gulf Shrimp and Crab Ravigote - fried green tomato, French ravigote sauce and baby lettuce. The third course offers a choice of Pan Seared Sea Scallops - parmesan polenta, Frisée salad, crisp prosciutto, and smoked tomato butter sauce; Grilled Filet Mignon - asparagus, caramelized pearl onions and Chasseur sauce; Pan Roasted Pompano - rissole potatoes, champagne cream, jumbo lump crabmeat and Choupique Caviar or Pan Seared Maple Leaf Duck Breast - foie gras mashed potatoes, braised Brussels sprouts, cherry and Louisiana citrus demi-glace. Dessert options include Flourless Chocolate Cake served with white chocolate Drambuie sauce and raspberries or Crème Brûlée. Tugague’s will be open New Year’s Day from 11AM-9:30PM and serve their regular dinner menu all day. For reservations or additional information, please visit www.tujaguesrestaurant.com or call (504) 525-8676. Tujague’s is located at 429 Decatur Street in New Orleans, French Quarter.
The Crescent City’s famed contemporary Cajun restaurant, Toups’ Meatery - which doubles as the perfect stage for the dynamic personality and authentic cuisine of Louisiana “born-and-braised” Chef Isaac Toups, will be open 5PM-11PM on New Year’s Eve. The a la carte menu includes dishes such as the famed Meatery Board; Roasted Gulf Shrimp; Coffee Rubbed Lamb Ribs, Confit Chicken Thighs and the signature Double Cut Pork Chop with Cajun dirty rice and cane syrup gastrique. Additionally, guests can enjoy Mustard-Crusted Rack of Elk with horseradish cream, mushroom spoonbread, apple chutney and a selection of specialty Wagyu Steaks. Toups’ Meatery is located at 845 North Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans. Please call for reservations (504) 252-4999 or visit www.toupsmeatery.com
Chef Nina Compton’s beloved New Orleans restaurant in the Old No. 77 Hotel is THE place to be for a decadent New Year’s Eve feast. Priced at $135 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) and available from 5:30PM-10PM, guests can enjoy Compton’s special four-course dinner first course is a Hamachi Tartar with passion fruit and caviar; followed by a White Truffle Risotto - served with winter vegetables; main course is a Duo Beef - made with celery root and apple along with baby vegetables. For dessert, a mouthwatering Chocolate Ganache - spiced chocolate with hazelnuts for a sweet finish. For reservations please call (504) 599-2199 or visit www.comperlapin.com Compère Lapin Is located at 535 Tchoupitoulas Street in the Old No. 77 Hotel, in New Orleans.
If you are looking for a unique experience to ring in the New Year, head over to Addis NOLA, for New Year’s Across the Continent. Available 5PM-10PM guests can enjoy dishes like Egusi Soup - a staple of Nigeria featuring meat, seafood, kale spinach, scotch bonnet pepper, and ground melon seeds which give a nice creamy and nutty flavor; Chicken Muamba - the national dish of Angola featuring a combination of chicken, peri-peri, and peanut butter; Shrimp Kitfo - a creative twist on the typical dish from the Gurage region of Ethiopia with chopped shrimp, mitmita (spiced chile blend) and herbs, served with flash fried injera; and Jollof Rice - a dish native to Senegal featuring a colorful and flavorful mix of rice, onions, tomato and fish, best compared to New Orleans Jambalaya. The regular a la carte menu will also be available featuring Doro Wot - 24-hour caramelized onion stew, berbere, kibbeh and Tibs - sauteed onion, tomato, jalapeno, berbere and kibbeh (fish, mushroom, beef, chicken, lamb, shrimp, chicken & spinach protein options). Delicious libations will be flowing such as The Woo - Tej honey wine, gin and St. Germain; Addis Smash - bourbon, blueberry, lime; Ethiopian Martini - a smooth blend of Ethio cold brew, Kahlua, Vodka; and Right Bayou - house made Pimm’s infused rum. Diners can enjoy the fresh Ethiopian coffee from the bean roasting ritual on the new restaurant’s Coffee Ceremony Stage. The restaurant is located at 2514 Bayou Road in New Orleans. For reservations and additional information, please call (504) 218-5321 or visit www.addisnola.com
Virgin Hotels New Orleans: New Year’s Eve at The Pool Club & Dreamboat
Virgin Hotels New Orleans is the ideal destination to ring in 2023 with multiple happenings throughout the hotel. The property’s 13th floor rooftop and lounge will be hosting events featuring plenty of champagne, great music and the best rooftop views in The Big Easy. Those who want to make a staycation out of their NYE festivities, may book Virgin Hotels New Orleans New Year’s Chamber Package. Starting at $517, the package includes a complimentary bottle of bubbly upon arrival and can be booked HERE or by using promo code NYE.
The Pool Club
At The Pool Club, guests will enjoy an indoor/outdoor celebration complete with music by Rusty Lazer, a private balcony and dedicated bar, complimentary NYE party favors, Campari samples and a Champagne toast at midnight. Tickets for entry to The Pool Club are priced at $20 per person and can be purchased HERE. The event will begin at 6PM, rain or shine. Tickets to The Pool Club event do not include access to Dreamboat. VIP upgrades, group packages and VIP sofa/table reservations are available and can be arranged by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Guests must be 21+ to attend the event and early arrival is recommended to avoid long lines. Valet parking is available on-site and is priced at $40.
The indoor lounge on Virgin Hotels New Orleans’ 13th floor will be hosting an elevated NYE party. Priced at $199 per person, the celebration will feature music by MOD Dance Party, a dedicated private bar with free-flowing first pour beer, wine and specialty cocktails, premium canapés, Grand Marnier samples, complimentary NYE party favors and a Champagne toast at midnight. Guests are asked to dress to impress – cocktail attire, upscale chic, black tie encouraged. No ball caps, t-shirts, jeans or tennis shoes will be permitted. Dreamboat will open at 7PM; reservations are required and early arrival is highly recommended. Tickets for New Year’s Eve at Dreamboat can be purchased HERE. VIP upgrades, group packages and VIP sofa/table reservations are available and can be arranged by emailing email@example.com. Guests must be 21+ to attend the event and early arrival is recommended to avoid long lines. Valet parking is available on-site and is priced at $40.
Commons Club is inviting guests to a Recovery Brunch, offered on New Year’s Day (January 1st) from 9AM – 2PM, with live entertainment from 11AM – 2PM. Indulge in sumptuous brunch specials from Executive Chef Alex Harrell including Fried Egg Sandwich with Benton’s bacon, fermented chili aioli and cheddar served on a fresh and flaky croissant; ‘Churro’ Fritters with cinnamon sugar; Gulf Shrimp and Bayou Cora Grits with smoky tomato and fennel broth; and a Wagyu Burger with freezer pickles, smoked gouda, bacon fat aioli and Alex’s mustard, served on a potato bun with fries. Commons Club is located inside Virgin Hotels New Orleans at 550 Baronne Street in the Warehouse District. For reservations, please visit Commons Club NOLA.
New Year’s Eve at Couvant
.Couvant will host an earlier seating for those looking to kick-start the night, plus an 8:30pm seating featuring a luxurious five-course meal with entertainment and a champagne toast at midnight!
Reservations (via phone or Resy) are available between 5:30 and 6:30 pm.
The menu includes a selection of favorites from Couvant’s dinner menu including the blue crab gnocchi, dry-aged duck, crispy skin Gulf fish, cote de bouef for two and more – three courses.
One seating – begins at 8:30 pm.
The evening will include a luxurious five-course pre-fixe with entertainment and a champagne toast at midnight. Optional wine pairings for +$70.
More info and booking links
Get in the holiday spirit this season at Virgin Hotels New Orleans (read our full review here) with a special suite package that pays homage to everyone’s favorite classic holiday movie, 'A Christmas Story'. Fans of the movie will delight in the stay, which includes accommodation in Sir Richard’s Suite or the Penthouse Rooftop Suite, each featuring a real Christmas Tree from Forstall Interiorscapes complete with ornaments to decorate the tree yourselves.
There are also special amenities including signature 'A Christmas Story' bunny pajamas; a special Peking Duck dinner followed by freshly baked cookies and milk, prepared by Virgin Hotels’ executive chef Alex Harrell, and served in your suite, plus much more.
Once you get settled into your suite, you can slide into your bunny pajamas and head to your specially reserved 'fireside sofa' at The Pool Club which has been transformed for the holidays into 'A Very Tiki Christmas'. Decked out with heaters and fuzzy robes and throws, The Pool Club is the perfect venue to exchange fireside stories, enjoy some special 'A Very Tiki Holiday' cocktails and maybe play a game or two of triple dog dare.
- Complimentary valet parking for one vehicle
- Welcome holiday amenity
- Holiday décor throughout the suite
- Signature "A Christmas Story" Bunny pajamas for 2 guests to take home
- Fireside Sofa reservation at The Pool Club including 2 complimentary “A Very Tiki Holiday” cocktails
- Peking Duck dinner prepared by Chef Alex with cookies & milk as dessert served in-suite
- Advance courtesy call prior to arrival from YES! Agent to plan your stay
Rates start at $2,150 per night using code VIRGINVACAY. Virgin New Orleans website
Two-night minimum required for stays November 25 through December 31, 2022. Ralphie's Virgin Vacation package needs to be booked at least 7 days prior to check-in, and is subject to availability. Reservations will be made at time of booking and are also subject to availability. Advance reservation is required & blackout dates may apply. Offer valid for new bookings only and cannot be combined with any other offers. 1st night non-refundable deposit is required at time of booking.
STEAK & SAKE NIGHT
Cochon Butcher Chef de Cuisine Forrest Jackson has collaborated with Wetlands Sake to host a Steak + Sake dinner on July 14. The three-course menu will be served from 5 – 10 pm; and is offered first-come, first-serve, with limited seating. Each course will have an optional pairing with a Wetlands Sake beverage.
Chef Jackson's menu starts with an appetizer course of Tuna Tataki with ponzu sauce, yuzu koshu, and chilies offered with a Sake 75 cocktail prepared with Wetlands Blood Orange Sake, gin, fresh citrus, and mint. The entree course is a Shio Koji Marinated Wagyu Flat Iron crafted with Wetlands Koji, which uses locally sourced ingredients in the complicated and delicate process and is the cornerstone of sake brewing, as well as soy sauce, miso, and Kirin. The wagyu is served with grilled mixed vegetables, yakiniku sauce, and fresh wasabi and paired with a Wetlands Unfiltered Sake. The dessert course is a Matcha Ice Cream Sandwich made with a sesame tahini cookie and Wetlands Passion Fruit Sake.
The special Steak + Sake dinner is $80 with a $25 optional sake pairing. For more information, please visit cochonbutcher.com.
Offers by maison de la luz
Luxury hotel Maison de la Luz is running some very attractive summer offers, including 50% off a third night and $100 room credit. Check out our review here, and if that whets your appetite for a hotel stay in your own city, then check out the offers here.
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