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Emeril's Meril Names Chef

Emeril Lagasse is slated to open Meril, his first new NOLA project in nearly two decades, this year. To date, few details beyond name and location, have been released, but new information is trickling out. Today, the restauranteur announced that Chef Will Avelar will serve as Chef de Cuisine of Meril.

Food Fellowship

SardaSardFood Sets Up at l'Enfant Terrible

New Orleans has long been been renowned as a required top for eaters. However, the Crescent City’s unique culinary culture also makes the city a required stop for chefs creating even more options for diners. This week locals can check out Sebastian Martinez’s SardaSardaFood through his residency at Chef Matt Kopfler’s l’Enfant Terrible (Molly’s at the Market, 1107 Decatur Street).

Sleaux Pokes

Brennan's Krewe of Turtles To Roll Saturday

On Saturday (3.12), the Quarter will play host to what is billed as “the world’s slowest second line.” It’s time again for Brennan’s annual running of the turtles. In the new tradition, the turtles that live in the famed restaurant’s courtyard parade through the Viex Carré to mark the start of spring.

Hogs Hits the Mattresses

Clemenza once said, “"Hey, come over here, kid, learn something. You never know, you might have to cook for 20 guys someday.” On March 31st, an all star collection of New Orleans chefs will be cooking for a lot more than 20 guys. The 4th annual Hogs for the Cause gala dinner and kickoff will be a Godfather inspired “Italian Wedding Feast.”

Taste of Roam?

Roundup of New NOLA Themed Restos Abroad

Ever since Al Copeland started branching out, Louisiana cookin’ has intrigued the rest of America (and for good reason!) In the past few months, the trend exploded into some sort of cultural draft. Argentina got a “Cocina Cajun;” LA got yakamein; NYC’s West Village got Gentilly; the Bay Area got The Bywater; and in downtown Manhattan, the unfortunately named “Ninth Ward” closed.

Master of the Margarita (Recipes)

Today (2.22) is National Margarita Day! If you are in the minority that needs an excuse to savor the tasty lime and agave cocktail, here is your rationale. NoDef reached out to Braden LaGrone of Cure (4905 Freret Street) for some pointers.

Celluloid Savoir

Ella Brennan has been a legend in culinary circles for decades, but now a filmmaker is bringing the dining diva’s story to the silver screen. A two minute trailer for Leslie Iwerk’s  documentary “Ella Brennan” featuring a gaggle of restaurant industry bold faced names was just released.

Beard Barons

New Orleanians know that the food here is outstanding, but sometimes a little affirmation is nice. On Wednesday (2.17), the James Beard Foundation released their list of 2015 awards semifinalists.

Brew-Ha-Ha: Abita Gets a Makeover

Abita is turning 30 and the ubiquitous local brews will look a little different in honor of the birthday. On Monday (2.15), the company announced that their entire product line is set for some new packaging.

Gourmet Gala

StarChefs to Honor NOLA"s Rising Stars

On Tuesday (2.16), New Orleans’ culinary A-listers will gather to fete the future of the city’s service industry. After methodically eating and drinking their way through New Orleans, StarChefs named some of the scene’s rising stars. Now, the selection of restaurant pros will receive some much-deserved attention via a media spotlight, seminars, and of course, a party.

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