The Bower, located in the Lower Garden District, will bring February to a close with Lobster and Bubbles - a decadent five-course dinner menu curated by Executive Chef Marcus Woodham. Priced at $160 per person (plus tax and gratuity), the menu follows:
Crispy Lobster Head, bone marrow and lobster stuffed, lemon and dill emulsion, radish, crusty bread. Trapiche Costa & Pampa Extra Brut
Smoked Spiny Lobster Tail, New Orleans BBQ sauce, roasted garlic and thyme biscuit
JC. Calvet Cremant de Bordeaux Brut Rosé
Barrel Cut Beef Carpaccio, heirloom carrots, blueberry, lobster and white truffle vinaigrette
Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs
Lobster Carbonara, house smoked pancetta, parmesan, radiatori, green peppercorn bubbles
Barnaut Blanc de Noirs Brut Grand Cru Champagne
Butterscotch Budino, salted lobster caramel
Ceretto Santo Stefano Moscato d'Asti
WHEN/WHERE: The Lobster and Bubbles dinner will take place on Thursday, February 29th at 6:30 PM. Reservations can be made on OpenTable or by calling (504) 582-9738. The Bower is located at 1320 Magazine Street in New Orleans.
Commons Club at Virgin Hotels New Orleans
Let Commons Club (pictured above) be your destination for a memorable & festive holiday brunch and dinner this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Enjoy a spectacular feast featuring seasonal flavors prepared by Executive Chef Chris Borges that will warm your heart and delight your taste buds. In addition to the regular a la carte menu, holiday specials include:
Christmas Eve Brunch: 11 AM - 2 PM
Enjoy brunch and bottomless bubbles at Commons Club on Sunday, December 24th. From seasonal flavors and festive decor to live entertainment by Teena May, you won't want to miss it. Dishes include Sweet Potato Buttermilk Drop Doughnut with marshmallow fluff brulee and toasted pecan maple glaze; Avocado Toast with sunflower seed tahini, shaved vegetable salad, sprouts and seeds, and toasted sourdough; Gulf Shrimp and Bayou Cora Grits with New Orleans style BBQ gulf shrimp, andouille, Bayou Cora heirloom grits, corn and Worcestershire sauce; and Blackened Gulf Fish with Bayou Cora grits, and succotash to name a few. Bottomless Bubbles start at $35. Reservations can be made on OpenTable.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Specials: 5 PM - 9 PM
Celebrate Christmas at New Orleans’ second oldest restaurant on Monday, December 25th, from 11 AM - 8:30 PM. Guests can indulge in a three-course Christmas Day menu prepared by Executive Chef Gus Martin, priced at $65 per person (plus tax and gratuity). First course options include Chicken and Andouille Gumbo with Louisiana popcorn rice and Brussels Sprouts and Mixed Green Salad with shaved red onion, Tabasco pecans, and spiced pomegranate vinaigrette. Second-course dishes include the choice of Gulf Fish Almandine with haricot verts, toasted almonds, and citrus butter sauce; Roasted Maple Leaf Duck Leg with white bean cassoulet, lamb, smoked sausage, and French breadcrumbs; Grilled Filet Mignon with bleu cheese mashed potatoes, asparagus, and chasseur sauce; and Pan Seared Pork Tournedos with smoked sausage cornbread dressing, corn-fried oysters, and rosemary demi-glace. The featured dessert is Traditional Bread Pudding. Tujague’s is located at 429 Decatur Street. www.tujaguesrestaurant.com
James Beard award-winning chef and St. Lucian native Nina Compton invites guests to her flagship restaurant to feast on a delectable three-course Christmas menu from 12 - 3 PM on Monday, December 25th. Priced at $95 per person, the prix-fixe menu includes Crispy Brussels Sprouts with coconut dressing; Jerk Roasted Pork, Coconut Rice and Peas, Christmas Dressing Croquettes, and Rum Cake with hibiscus sorbet. Vegan and vegetarian substitutions are available. Compère Lapin is located at 535 Tchoupitoulas Street. www.comperelapin.com
This Christmas Eve, join Chef/Owner Sophina Uong for a delightful brunch experience, as well as a decadent dinner. On Sunday, December 24th, from 11 AM to 2 PM diners can dive into the creative a la carte brunch offerings from the famed "Here Comes the Chuck Wagon'' roving cart. Highlights include Kashmiri Chile Fried Chicken with ancho, arbol, Szechuan, cumin, black salt lime cream, and poor man’s pink pineapple; Fairy Bread with condensed milk, unicorn sprinkles, and fruity pebbles; Bacon Scramble with scallion, ginger, Colby jack and basil; Coffee Smothered Chickpeas with ginger, cumin, and black cardamom, and more. Bottomless mimosas are also available for $35.
Mister Mao will also be serving dinner from 5 PM to 9 PM. Treat yourself to dishes such as Grilled Beef Short Rib with sweet potato, salsa verde, pickled onion, and Mawi corn tortilla; Smoked Oyster Mushrooms with smothered corn and 7th ward green curry, and squash fritter; and Wood Fired Puppy Drum with almonds, brown butter cauliflower. Harissa and pepper nage, and crispy kale. Don’t forget to try the killer cocktails with your meal!
Christmas Eve hours are from 11 AM to 2 PM and 5 PM to 9 PM. The restaurant will be closed on Christmas Day. Mister Mao is located at 4501 Tchoupitoulas Street. www.mistermaonola.com
Birdy’s Behind the Bower
The charming Instagram-worthy spot perched in the back of New Orleans’ Framework building invites guests to indulge in brunch on Sunday, December 24th, from 8 AM - 2 PM. Egg lovers can enjoy Huevos Rancheros with two eggs any style, black beans, slow-simmered chicken in adobo, pico de gallo, cilantro, avocado, and lime crema; Pulled Pork Benedict and Fried Chicken Biscuit with crispy chicken thigh, chicken sausage, country gravy, and sunny side egg. Their Brunch Board offers everything you could ever dream of, including donuts, granola, slab bacon, hot coppa, bubble waffle, fruit, seasonal jam, mini cookies, mini pancakes, house syrup, triple crème brie, and soft-boiled eggs. A plethora of brunch cocktails is also available, including Bottomless Mimosas. Birdy’s is located at 1320 Magazine Street. www.birdysnola.com
The Pool Club at Virgin Hotels New Orleans
Immerse yourself in the magic of the season at Virgin Hotel's Pool Club, now transformed into a festive wonderland for the holidays. On Sunday, December 24th, from 10 AM to 10 PM, enjoy the enchanting winter pop-up, Red Hot Holiday. Drawing inspiration from Virgin's signature red, the rooftop pop-up will transport guests into a crimson-themed wonderland, featuring a winter red rose installation, sparkling holiday lights, a selection of festive cocktails, red-themed food menu items, rooftop fireside igloo on The Pool Club terrace, and tableside s'mores. The Pool Club is located on the rooftop of Virgin Hotels New Orleans at 550 Baronne Street. www.virginhotels.com/the-pool-club
It’s the time of year when we embrace the holiday spirit and can experience the magic of the season at Virgin Hotels New Orleans. From now until the end of January 2024, step inside The Pool Club - Virgin Hotels' stunning rooftop space featuring scenic skyline views of downtown New Orleans, sophisticated craft cocktails, and a stylish yet down-to-earth vibe for its winter pop-up, Red Hot Holiday. Drawing inspiration from Virgin's signature red, the rooftop pop-up will transport guests into a crimson-themed wonderland, featuring a winter red rose installation, sparkling holiday lights, a selection of festive cocktails, and red-themed food menu items.
The rooftop will also offer an exciting experience where visitors can rent out one of their rooftop fireside igloo on The Pool Club terrace. Reserve the igloo fireside sofa for you and up to 10 guests; sip on specialty winter cocktails, and delight in table-side s'mores starting at $150 + $250 food and beverage minimum (tax and service charge not included).
Red Hot Holiday is happening now and will continue through January 2024. For more information on the Igloo Fireside Sofa, visit www.sevenrooms.com
As the holidays are just weeks away, people around the city are scrambling for final gifts to give their friends and family this Christmas. W New Orleans - French Quarter is here to help.
On December 16 from 11:00am - 4:00pm, you might mistake W New Orleans - French Quarter's Courtyard for the North Pole. Roll up for the hotel's first Holidaze Market, where guests and locals are invited to pick up last-minute gifts from a carefully curated group of vendors. With sounds curated by a local DJ, the market will be complete with a hot-chocolate and beignet bar, alongside a special menu of holiday cocktails and light bites to indulge in while strolling around the market.
Additionally, guests who bring in an unwrapped toy to donate to Forgotten Angels will receive a coupon for 20% off their next visit to the hotel's modern cajun and creole restaurant, 3rd Block Depot, helmed by Chef Nick Ocheltree.
On Friday, December 1st, 2023, Jefferson Performing Arts Society will present the iconic Blind Boys of Alabama gospel group, bringing their Christmas concert to the New Orleans area for the first time. Enjoy familiar holiday classics and hand-clapping gospel favorites for the whole family. The Blind Boys have been touring for 75 years and are considered a pillar of American music. According to The New York Times they "epitomize what is known as jubilee singing, a livelier breed of gospel music."
Click here for event information, concert videos and more: Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Concert | Jefferson Performing Arts Center (jeffersonpac.com)
WHO/WHAT: Mister Mao is known for hosting its wildly popular guest chef pop-up series, a one- night-only dinner series that spotlights visiting chefs, vendors, and more. The inauthentic, tropical roadhouse is thrilled to welcome Chef Finn Walter, 2022 James Beard Semifinalist for Best Chef: Texas, of The Nicolett, the fine dining destination in West Texas. Chef Finn has lived and worked in top culinary cities, including San Francisco, Paris, Napa Valley, Austin, Santa Fe, and New Orleans, cooking in tiny bistros and multiple Michelin-starred restaurants.
Starting off the month of December with a bang, Chef Finn will take over the kitchen for a decadent seven-course feast priced at $125 per person (plus tax and gratuity). The splurge-worthy menu follows:
Elk Tartare (juniper, fry bread)
Yucca Churro (caviar, yucca blossoms)
Crab (nopales, xoconostle)
Beef Cheek Bao (bluegrass soy)
Black Cod (hoja santa, spruce tip)
Lamb Neck (in the style of brisket, Fresno pepper piperade)
Chocolate (chicory, pinon, Sotol candies)
WHEN/WHERE: The Mister Mao and The Nicolett Dinner will take place on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at 7PM. Reservations can be made on Resy. Mister Mao is located at 4501 Tchoupitoulas in New Orleans. www.mistermaonola.com.
Everyone’s invited to swing in to the holiday market Sip & Shop Pop-Up on King’s rooftop terrace at Kimpton Hotel Fontenot on Sunday, November 19 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to discover and support tons of great local vendors offering unique and artisanal gifts for the holidays.
From clothing and accessories to stunning works of art and crafts to candles and aromatherapy, there will be something for everyone. The event is free to attend and open to the public. Bubbly and other beverages will be available for purchase. And those who come hungry can head downstairs after or before to partake in the delicious lunch menu at King Brasserie & Bar featuring items like the Gulf Oyster BLT, Quiche Lorraine, King Burger, and Croque Monsieur. Reservations to dine are recommended and can be made online at kingbrasserieandbar.com.
WHEN: Sunday, November 19, 2023 | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
WHERE: King Brasserie & Bar’s rooftop terrace, 521 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130
King is open for breakfast daily, 7 - 11 a.m., and for lunch daily, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Dinner is served Sunday through Thursday, 5 - 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 5 - 10 p.m. Happy hour is daily, 5 - 7 p.m. More information on King can be found at kingbrasserieandbar.com. You can also follow King on Instagram at @kingbrasserienola and Peacock Room on Instagram @peacockroomnola.
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Porgy's Seafood Market, the newest venture from Dana Honn (Carmo), Marcus Jacobs and Caitlin Carney (Marjie’s Grill, Seafood Sally’s) is opening this month! In keeping with their goal to be a community-driven resource for fresh, wild-caught Gulf seafood, they've rolled out an innovative crowd-funding campaign:
On Friday, November 17th, Executive Chef Marcus Woodham will host a very special Steak & Old Fashioned Lunch. From 11AM – 1PM, guests can enjoy a delightful two-course lunch, along with $10 Buffalo Trace Old Fashioneds. Priced at $50 per person (plus tax & gratuity), menu follows:
Bower Caesar Salad
Little Gem lettuce, parmesan, anchovies, pangrattato, house Caesar dressing
12 oz. New York Strip
Choice of bordelaise or au poivre sauce
Served with crispy new potatoes and creamed collard greens
Advance reservations are required via OpenTable or by calling the restaurant at 504.582.9738.
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On Tuesday, November 7, 2023, at 7PM the culinary crown of the Pontchartrain Hotel will team up with PlumpJack Estate Winery for a thoughtfully crafted four-course pairing dinner curated by Chef/Owner Brian Landry and the PlumpJack team. Priced at $200 per person (includes tax and gratuity), the menu follows:
Scallop crudo, sea salt, lemon balsamic, and petit herbs
Cade Estate Winery | Sauvignon Blanc
Campanelle, lobster mushrooms, guanciale, cured egg and goat cheese
PlumpJack Estate | Chardonnay
Lamb porchetta, Italian sausage, polenta and parmigiano
PlumpJack Estate | Cabernet Sauvignon
“Blu Basque” crustless cheesecake, speckled blue cheese, and pear praline sauce
Adaption | Petite Sirah
Reservations can be made on OpenTable.
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