Contemporary Creole: The New Orleans Advocate fall 2015 dining guide - Sep 2015 - The glittering chandeliers, paneled wine room, dark, clubby bar and high-touch service could augur a stuffy experience. Instead, John Besh has made his first (and by far most upscale) restaurant into a showplace for creative culinary energy. Recent dishes from chef de cuisine Todd Pulsinelli have been visually dazzling (venison carpaccio interspersed with ripples of bitter greens and dabs of creamy aioli), locally relevant (cobia crudo with grilled lemon and a crown of chicken cracklin’) and sometimes even a touch whimsical (a cut of drum fully encased in crumbled Zapp’s chips, part of the exceptional value of Friday’s prix fixe lunch). Desserts are intricate, beautiful compositions of taste and texture. This is a place to go all out, with an impressive setting that follows through across the experience. - read full article
To The Table - Sep 2015 - Dine and wine times three! On a recent Friday, the Krewe of Cork amassed its merrymakers to Restaurant August for the monthly lunchfest, while hours later the Archdiocese of New Orleans Retreat Center held its second annual Wine & Dine at Chateau Golf and Country Club. “An Evening with Chef John Folse” billed the event that included, other than gustatory pleasures, a raffle and silent and live auctions. - read full article
The Essential New Orleans Restaurants - Sep 2015 - September 14, 2015 By Chris Stang, Infatuation New Orleans is one of our favorite places on earth. The spirit of this city represents everything that makes life worth living: good food, good people, good music, and an appreciation of the fact that life is short, so we all might as well enjoy ourselves while we’re here. And yes, sometimes that means taking a full beer along for the taxi ride to dinner. If you’ve made a trip to the Big Easy before, you know that sorting through all of the excellent New Orleans restaurants while also avoiding tourist traps takes some skill. That’s why we’re happy to present this list of places we find to be essential to a successful visit, ranging from classic and legendary to exciting and new. At the end of the day, there’s really no wrong way to eat in this town, other than to confine yourself solely to the French Quarter. Get out into the city amongst the local residents. They’re very nice, and they’ll certainly feed you well. John Besh is a celebrity chef, but he’s a celebrity chef from Louisiana, and his restaurant August is one of the best examples of Southern French fine dining you can find anywhere. We love coming for Friday lunch, when the three course prix fixe only costs $20.15. - read full article
Brewsday Tuesday: The Bruery holds beer events in New Orleans Sept. 2-3 - Aug 2015 - August 18, 2015 By: Nora McGunnigle, Gambit New Orleans Orange County, California brewer The Bruery will showcase its beer at events Sept. 2-3 at events at The Avenue Pub and Restaurant August. The Bruery, named for founder and brewer Patrick Rue, recently released a portfolio of sour and wild beers under a new brand called Bruery Terreux and will debut the line at a "Late Summer Sour" tasting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2 at The Avenue Pub (1732 St. Charles Ave., 504-586-9243). Bruery representative Cambria Griffith, who is certified by the Cicerone program for beer professionals, will discuss the beers, including Saison Rue, Hottenroth Berliner Weisse, Tart of Darkness, Gypsy Tart, Beret and Tonnellerie Rue. She also will discuss the creation and direction of Bruery Terreux and hand out limited-edition glassware. - read full article
These 15 Louisiana Restaurants Will Melt Your Taste Buds - Jul 2015 - Restaurant August in New Orleans is THE French restaurant in the area. The restaurant became well known after Chef John Besh went on the famous television show, Top Chef. This restaurant takes fine-dining to a new level. Great service, wonderful ambiance, and the most delicious French food you’ll ever taste. Just make sure you have a reservation! Oh, and order the crepes with bittersweet ice cream for dessert. - read full article
RESTAURANT AUGUST, NEW ORLEANS - Jun 2015 - New Orleans is well known for its decadent cuisine, beautiful restaurants, and lingering meals. My husband and I dined at Restaurant August during a recent weekend getaway, and it was, by far, one of my most memorable restaurant experiences to date. - read full article
Best Restaurateur in the US: John Besh - May 2015 - Chef/restaurateur John Besh was born and raised in Southern Louisiana, so he's been familiar with its unique culinary heritage and regional ingredients from a young age. He studied at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, and spent time in influential kitchens in Europe, where his mentors included chef Karl-Josef Fuchs of Romantik Hotel Spielweg in Münstertal, Germany, and chef Alain Assaud of the eponymous restaurant in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France. These experiences formed an ideal foundation for his cuisine at his fine dining establishment Restaurant August, which made its debut in New Orleans in 2001. His contemporary French menu puts an haute Creole twist on wild fish and fine boutique meats. Locally sourced ingredients, such as Louisiana caviar, feature prominently. As a testament to his talent, Restaurant August has been honored on GAYOT's Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. list since 2006. It's also on GAYOT's New Orleans Top 10 lists for highest food ratings, romantic restaurants, best wine lists and special occasion dining. - read full article
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