The New Orleans Wine and Food Experience is coming quickly, the whole thing kicks off less than two weeks away. You can find our GoNola run down of all the events here. While you can get Grand Tasting tickets the day of (for a bit extra cash), there are some events that you need to book right away if it isn’t too late already. One would be the uber-exclusive Vinola dinner on Thursday, May 26. With only 200 tickets, space is very limited.
The other event I recommend you getting into is one of the wine dinners on Wednesday, May 25. I recommend scoping the menus and picking what looks good and jumping in right away. It would be a shame to have it sell out on you. Of course, if you’d like to have dinner with Cupcake and I or many of the other, more proficient, NOLA food bloggers, I recommend hitting up the MiLa wine dinner. Organized by He Said She Said, we’re aiming at taking over the place. To read more about the event, check out He Said She Said’s plans here. Even if you don’t decide to join us, I recommend checking one of these bad boys out.
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?
Were you worried we’d be out of food and drink talk now that Jazz Fest is over? Well, the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (NOWFE, for short) gives us all a good excuse to keep the festive vibe going (oh, who are we kidding…we don’t really need an excuse!). Anyway, NOWFE is a nationally recognized, 5 day food and wine “extravaganza” that helps to kick off the summer season in New Orleans. Highlighting New Orleans cuisine and wines from all over the world, NOWFE is a must-attend event for many industry leaders, celebrity chefs, and local foodies too. This year it will run from Wednesday, May 26 through Saturday, May 29. Continue reading
When one travels often, one of the first rules that everyone seems to learn is “Don’t eat at the hotel restaurant.” New Orleans, in its fine tradition of thumbing its nose at the rules, is of course littered with exceptions to the “avoid the hotel restaurant” rule. MiLa Restaurant (817 Common Street, 504-412-2580) is one such exception. With its separate entrance, you could visit MiLa often and never once figure out that it’s a “hotel restaurant.”
As with most restaurants, the bar warmly greets you as you enter. The long and spacious bar area could easily hold many an office happy hour with room to spare. With liquor bottles running almost the entire length, I imagine just about any libation you could dream up would be just an order away. Unbeknownst to us, the cool, contemporary decor of MiLa provided great insight into the meal we were about to have.