Galatoire’s opened a new bar at 215 Bourbon St., New Orleans, and is offering a weekly happy hour on Wednesday nights. Hand-crafted cocktails, including classic martinis, Sazeracs, Buffalo Trace bourbon Manhattans and the Galatoire’s Old Fashioned will be $4 on Wednesdays between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. The bar also offers other beers, wines and spirits. Galatoire’s bar is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to midnight and features live entertainment from Jep Epstein from 9 p.m. to midnight Thursdays through Saturdays.
The restaurant’s shrimp and tasso Henican is featured on the cover of the magazine, which also tells the story of Commander’s Palace’s famous jazz brunch and gives an inside look at the Brennan family. “It’s such an honor to be featured in this issue with so many New Orleans establishments that are the heartbeat of this great city,” co-proprietor Ti Martin said in a news release. “At Commander’s, our goal has always been to represent what New Orleans is all about — not just the food, but the way of life, the soul and the atitude that is New Orleans.”
With a menu titled “A Day at the Office,” chef Chris Wadsworth of Restaurant IPO won the WYES-New Orleans Cooking With Community Coffee contest held earlier this year. His dinner, which was Sept. 25, included seven courses with dishes like grits and Breakfast Blend roasted grillades, Pecan Praline smoked duck with a Medium Roast berry compote and duck cracklin’, prime beef medallion with Café Special and a chicory and chocolate molten cake. Wadsworth’s competition in the contest, part of WYES’ Seasons of Good Tastes, included Latil’s Landing Restaurant at Houmas House, Galatoire’s and Redemption.
Mason’s Grill, 13556 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, is featured in Chris Chamberlain’s book “The Southern Foodie: 100 Places to Eat in the South Before You Die (and the Recipes That Made Them Famous).” Chamberlain addresses Mason’s menu of Cajun shrimp burgers, blackened alligator, shrimp au gratin, and, my personal favorite, Mason’s extensive brunch menu. “Mason’s Grill works hard to send their customers home full as a tick and happy,” Chamberlain writes. “With a menu like this, it’s your own fault if you leave hungry.” Indeed.
Sara’s Bistro, 724 Dublin St., New Orleans, a 20-year fixture in Uptown, has a new chef and general manager.
Bart Thomas, a Louisiana native, is the chef/general manager. He is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., and has worked as a private chef and caterer in New York City. Thomas, who grew up near his grandfather’s farm in north Louisiana, champions the small family farm and “the role they play in providing chefs the tools they need to create quality cuisine in a world of factory canned foods,” a news release says.
Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar, 1009 Poydras Street, New Orleans, has been named North America’s Best Sports bar by ESPN. Congrats, guys!
The Louisiana Restaurant Association Greater Baton Rouge Chapter will host its Silent Auction 6 p.m. Wednesday at Juban’s Restaurant, 3739 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge.
The event supports the chapter’s fundraising for the LRA Education Foundation, which administers the ProStart program in the state. Tickets are $40 and sponsorships are $600, which includes a reserved table through the duration of the event. Call (225) 328-2163 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kristin Davis, an LSU grade and former homecoming queen, won the PJ’s Coffee Facebook contest. Her blend, Chocolate Truffle, launches in PJ’s stores Aug. 22. She also toured the PJ’s roasting facility and worked with the company’s roastmaster to develop her flavor. Davis won a year’s supply of PJ’s coffee, which she gave up and asked the money be donated to the Louisiana Youth Seminar, a week-long leadership experience for high school students that’s held at LSU. Davis now lives in New Orleans.
The Londoner, celebrated the end of the Olympics with a global tour of beer accompanied by a fantastic four course meal. Jay D. Ducote, of BiteandBooze.com, talked about the brews as each of the four courses were served.
Luke Betts, one of the owners of the English-style pub and grill, and the man who is actually from London, says they’re planning a whiskey dinner in weeks to come. Stay tuned …
Mansurs on the Boulevard, 5720 Corporate Blvd., is hosting an Abita Beer Dinner at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 16.
The menu will include a Bibb lettuce wedge with Abita Restoration Ale and blue cheese dressing, topped with Berkshire bacon lardons and a red onion marmalade. There will also be cedar-plank roasted salmon with Abita Light steamed green beans and finished with a Purple Haze and blackberry beurre blanc; half of a roasted Cornish hen with a garlic and S.O.S. Pilsner pan sauce and English peas; and an Abita Root Beer-glazed pulled pork over a risotto style Abita Abbey Ale barley with mushrooms, thyme and roasted shallots. Dessert will be Abita Turbodog and chocolate bread pudding.
Featured brews will include Abita Jockamo IPA, Abita Barney, Abita Golden, Abita Fall Fest and Abita 25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog.
Tickets are $65. Call (225) 923-3366