Chef John Folse will appear on NBC’s Today Show on Mardi Gras, Feb. 12 during the 9 a.m. hour, Michaela York, director of communications for Chef John Folse & Co. said. Folse will prepare a chicken and sausage gumbo and will show off other Louisiana favorites like king cake and crab cakes.
The $170-per-seat dinner, $130 for members, will include dishes such as warm sorghum-bacon rillettes; Creole snapping turtle with Lustau Fino sherry; grilled striped black bass with caramel turnips, braised Swiss chard and lemon verbena broth; pecan-smoked Berkshire pork shank with a vegetable salad, spiced pecans and Abita Root Beer syrup; carrot cake soda with Creole cream cheese ice cubes and bacon praline-bourbon brownies.
Stop. Bacon. Praline. Bourbon. Brownies. I just wanted to let that sink in.
Chef John Folse and a group of eight other Gulf Coast chefs are traveling to London as part of BP’s Spirit of the Gulf program. They’ll be serving their dishes, like Coleman’s seafood gumbo, to athletes, families and visitors to show off Gulf Coast culture and Gulf seafood.
“As far as the quality of the seafood, questions continue to be asked, naturally,” Folse said, and the recipes selected use only fresh Gulf species. “We wanted to make the statement on the greatest world stage we have available.”
For Folse and the other chefs, this meant navigating a range of hurdles involving USDA inspections, logistics and U.K. import laws. Coleman’s gumbo originally included oysters, which you can’t bring into Britain. The alligator sausage also had to be specially ordered to omit any processed pork.
“There’s a huge amount of security, of food safety issues with so much product going into London,” Folse said. “The Olympics added a whole new dimension of security to the food.”
Learn more about the Spirit of the Gulf and get all the chefs’ recipes in next Thursday’s Food section.