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Christmas Time for the Jews

Christmas is a time to honor traditions, especially culinary traditions. There are hams, fruitcakes, and even the classic goose for some. For Jews, those traditions are a bit different. Mainly, those customs involve Chinese food (and sometimes a movie). This year, Carmo (527 Julia Street) is embracing Jewish Christmas Eve with a special meal.

Sipping With The Fishes at Avo

The Italian influences in New Orleans are everywhere from St. Joseph’s Day to the muffuletta. However, Avo’s chef Nick Lama is about to go full-throttle with the green, white , and red. For December, he is rolling out his take on traditional Italian “Feast of the Seven Fishes.”

Turkey Talk

Thanksgiving turkey is a beloved American dish served only once a year. Unfortuantely, since it's only served once a year, lots of us don't have too much experience cooking these birds. So, we truened to Chef Jason Klutts of Cane & Table for some pointers on taming the beast.

Holiday Out

NOLA Restaurants Offering Thanksgiving Dinner

Is your DIY kitchen rennovation still a work in progress? For those who don't want to fire up the burners this holiday, there are plenty of options. Several restuarants in Orleans Parish are serving up Thanksgiving dinners for al budgets. NoDef offers our annaul list.

White Bite: Dîner en Blanc Returns Saturday

New Orleanians like to do it right, especially when it comes to food and parties. So, Saturday (5.09) night’s Dîner en Blanc will be no ordinary meal. A couple thousand people clad in white and armed with tables and picnic hampers will descend upon a secret location for a massive dinner party.

Matzo Meal: Shaya Unveils Passover Prix Fixe

The limelight has been good to Chef Alon Shaya as of late. Two new restaurants and a James Beard nomination have guaranteed plenty of ink. However, fame has not caused Shaya to forget his traditions. Today, the star chef announced the menu for his annual Passover dinners. 

Pop-Up Fill-Up

The Salo Project Comes to Milkfish

Right now, pop-ups in NOLA might be more popular than the Saints. Despite their burgeoning business, trailblazing pop-up-done-right Milkfish  (North Carrollton Avenue) has made it a point to remember their roots. Over the past year, they have hosted other up and comers. Now, they are taking it a step further providing a space for a different Fillipino venture. Chef Yana Gilbuena in the midst of a 50 week pop-up tour of the country, called The Salo Project, where she hosts one dinner weekly in each of the 50 states. On Sunday (1.04), she is cooking in Louisiana.

Taking Turkey Time on the Road (Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Dinner)

By Ashley Larsen

Thanksgiving is a stressful time. The day is full of back-breaking kitchen work, family drama, and what seems like an endless supply of dirty dishes. More and more New Orleanians are taking the opportunity to dine out on Thanksgiving. NoDef has compiled a list of restuarants offering all the great food and none of the dishes or the prep work. 

Gulf Exports: Superior to Serve Seafood at James Beard House

Peche is not the only NOLA seafood establishment to receive attention from the James Beard Foundation. Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar will be heading to New York City on January 16, 2015 for a dinner presentation at the James Beard House.

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