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Decade after Katrina, full dining rooms and bustling bars provide benchmark of New Orleans' recovery - Aug 2015 - August 25, 2015 By: Ian McNulty, The Advocate Parkway Bakery & Tavern didn’t have many of its neighbors back the day it reopened late in December 2005, but the po-boy shop near Bayou St. John sure had plenty of company. People flocked to its door for roast beef po-boys and bags of Zapp’s potato chips, the mainstays of Parkway’s initially limited menu. They were joined by reporters and news crews from around the country, all documenting the prospects of a city then under a giant question mark. “We didn’t know what to expect, but you just knew you had to get back open,” said Justin Kennedy, who now runs Parkway with his uncle, Jay Nix. “It was important to tell people we were back and show that the city would be back.” From the earliest days after Hurricane Katrina, the fate of New Orleans restaurants has been a matter of fixation, and not just because people wanted to know where they could go eat. - read full article
The Fine Art of Frying - Aug 2015 - August 21, 2015 By:Bret Thorn, Restaurant News Americans love fried food, and eat a lot of it. The word “fried” appears on 73 percent of the more than 93,000 restaurant menus tracked by data analysis company Food Genius, and that doesn’t include descriptors that generally mean the food is fried, such as “crispy” or “crunchy.” Fried food is trendy, too: Of all the menus that use the word “fried,” 44 percent are fast-casual restaurants, the fastest-growing segment in the industry, compared to casual-dining restaurants, which comprise 28 percent, and traditional quick-service restaurants that make up the remaining 27 percent. - read full article
New-look Borgne dining room undergoes big changes after week of renovations - Aug 2015 - Since Borgne first opened in 2012, I’ve found myself recommending it widely and frequently: for its contemporary way with Louisiana flavor, for its tapas happy hour, for a quick stop at the bar en route to events at the Dome. But those recommendations always came with an asterisk: while Borgne evokes Louisiana on the plate, the dining room felt like it could be anywhere. Consider that asterisk now obsolete. Borgne, a restaurant from chefs John Besh and Brian Landry inside the Hyatt Regency, closed last week for a round of renovations and reopened Saturday night. The changes aren’t drastic – a darker color scheme, banquettes built from reclaimed lumber – but together they set a tone better aligned with Landry’s approach here, and they also go beyond the cosmetic. - read full article
New-look Borgne dining room undergoes big changes after week of renovations - Aug 2015 - Since Borgne first opened in 2012, I’ve found myself recommending it widely and frequently: for its contemporary way with Louisiana flavor, for its tapas happy hour, for a quick stop at the bar en route to events at the Dome. But those recommendations always came with an asterisk: while Borgne evokes Louisiana on the plate, the dining room felt like it could be anywhere. Consider that asterisk now obsolete. Borgne, a restaurant from chefs John Besh and Brian Landry inside the Hyatt Regency, closed last week for a round of renovations and reopened Saturday night. The changes aren’t drastic – a darker color scheme, banquettes built from reclaimed lumber – but together they set a tone better aligned with Landry’s approach here, and they also go beyond the cosmetic. - read full article
NOLA's the Cure for Your Case of the Mondays - Jul 2015 - July 27, 2015 By: Kelley Pettus, GoNola,com While most cities have thriving weekend culture, few can boast buzzing weekdays like New Orleans. It is, after all, the city that turns a Tuesday into the largest party of the year. So it’s perhaps no surprise that the preceding day benefits from the NOLA treatment, too. Mondays in New Orleans are often busy. From happy hours to weekly shows, here’s a look at what’s happening every Monday. - read full article
Battle of the Bands: Kitchen Edition - Jun 2015 - By: Alia Akkam, Tasting Table The kitchen at Juni is always silent, but before ensconcing himself, Shaun Hergatt, executive chef and partner of the intimate New York restaurant, has his headphones on, most likely hypnotized by the sounds of DJ Danny Tenaglia. "I listen to a lot of different artists—Alabama Shakes, Crowded House, David Bowie—but it's deep, cerebral house music that clears up and inspires my mind," Hergatt says. For stressed-out chefs like Hergatt, whose "life is consumed by work," a rush of music (his favorite album is Athens, part of Tenaglia's Global Underground series) helps create the much-needed focus to tackle grueling 14-hour days. But trance-inducing beats aren't the only conduit to preservice serenity. - read full article
5 Questions with Brian Landry of Borgne and Matt McCallister of FT33 - Jun 2015 - The Daily Meal: What is your best piece of advice? Brian Landry: Work hard and play hard. What are you most excited about this year? The opening of Willa Jean Bakery where I get to cook with chefs Kelly Fields and Lisa White. It’s going to be a pretty cool spot. What is the best thing you have eaten or drank this week? Smoked tea duck from Masterpiece located on Buford Highway in Atlanta. If you were a float in a parade, what would you would be? A pool, clothing optional, with a wet bar. What is standing in your way right now? Nothing is in my way. - read full article
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