One of the greatest things about this town that we highlight constantly is the ability to eat and drink amazing things all in the name of charity. Mixing Up Some Magic is one of these events. A four-course meal, complete with pre-dinner cocktails, from Commander’s Palace. Sounds good, right? How about doing that all in the name of charity? Even better! Mixing Up Some Magic is a partnership between Commander’s Palace and Liberty’s Kitchen to help support Liberty’s Kitchen’s programs.
Liberty’s Kitchen “provides at-risk youth, ages 16-22, with the opportunity to build a better future by increasing their ability to change their situation and engage in a supportive community where they learn life, social and employability skills in a culinary setting. The intensive training program combines hands-on food-service training with classroom instruction, individual case management, education programs and job placement services and/or a return to an educational setting.” To put this in more perspective of recent events in the city, Liberty’s Kitchen provides some of the most vulnerable youth in our community the tools to become productive and successful members of society rather than a statistic or news report. This is a cause we can all get behind.
Now that we’ve gotten the who, what and why out of the way, it is time to get to the Where, When and How:
Mixing Up Some Magic
Sunday, January 29
Individual tickets are $95 per person ($25 is tax-deductible)
Tickets available here.
I, like many of you, lost my home to Hurricane Katrina. I/we can certainly sympathize with how brutal an unexpected displacement can be. In my time of need I relied upon the kindness of strangers for food, clothing and basic necessities until I could start picking up the pieces. The amazing outpouring of support I received from so many strangers has filled me with a strong sense of responsibility to pay it forward. Well, here is one such chance: This past weekend, the Sous Chef at Commander’s Palace, Jay Wells, and his wife lost their home to fire. To help them pick up the pieces, the folks at Commander’s are setting up a wine tasting benefit this coming Tuesday (November 1). Here are more details from Commander’s:
Enjoy an evening of passed hors d’oeuvres and the wines of
Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel – all served on our beautiful courtyard patio to benefit our Sous Chef Jay Wells and his wife Cindy who lost their home to a fire last weekend.
Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Time: 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Minimum donation of
$25 per person requested
Please enter through the Patio Gate
All proceeds will go towards gift cards for Stein Mart and Macy’s to help Jay and Cindy rebuild their lives.
Please call 504-207-1349 to make a donation or purchase advance tickets.
Today’s activity is pretty simple (although sorry for the late notice). Go out to eat dinner at one of twenty restaurants and help fight crime. Not a bad deal. And, unlike many charitable eating events, this one has participating restaurants for all budgets. You a high rolling fancy pants? Do your crime fighting at Restaurant August or Commander’s Palace. Not quite to that level? Zea’s and Acme Oyster House are there for you. Just a struggling college student, been decimated by the recent stock market shenanigans or watching the return of football to National TV (Seattle at San Diego at 7:00 pm on ESPN)? Bruno’s can meet your needs, just be sure to be nice to the bartenders.
For a list of all participating restaurants, click here. To look into what you’re money will be going to, check out the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation here. Want to see something bizarre and amazing, click here (don’t worry, it is SFW).
The sazerac is without a doubt a truly New Orleans creation, vastly superior to our more recent contributions to boozing, like the Hand Grenade or Hurricane. So thoroughly New Orleans is the drink that our legislators saw fit to have declared it the official drink of New Orleans. Of a slightly more disputed nature is the claim that the sazerac was the first cocktail, so named for the coquetier (pronounced “ko-k-tay”), a double-sided egg cup, that was used in the preparation of the drink (further clouding the issue is the claim that the drink was actually served in the coquetier). The sazerac is a simple drink which boasts only four ingredients and a garnish, yet it proves to be exceedingly difficult to master.
As a family we’ve been lucky enough to have a ton of celebrating to do. A birthday, graduation and promotions were the call of the day(s). So in typical fashion, we hit up some great places around town. With stops at MiLa, Herbsaint and Commander’s Palace we’ve had some great stuff in a really short period of time. Here’s our best of the best from this weekend:
Herbsaint: Triggerfish on the menu. A fantastic piece of fish that is hard to find out on the town. One drawback to the evening was being stuck in the back room. Apparently the acoustics in that room are beyond horrible. It was so loud you couldn’t hear the person next to you. I’d advise fighting to eat up front if possible.
MiLa: I debated between the seared tuna and the lamb. I let my sister talk me out of the lamb (so she could get it) and went with the tuna. While I enjoyed the tuna, the lamb was on a whole different level. I highly recommend that you check it out. Full disclosure: Went for a lunch Tuesday, it took almost two hours. Just not acceptable for a work day lunch
Commander’s Palace: For brunch, a great little dish called “three pigs,” an awesome piece of work worthy of the Commander’s name and a celebratory brunch. Commander’s downside: I was too damn full to eat another thing for the rest of the day. A nap was the order of the day following brunch, and my sleep schedule was screwed for the next two days.
With all of the graduations lately, any of you celebrate somewhere great?