Floyd McLamb retired 12 years ago, bought an apartment in London and traveled the world. As the new co-owner of Elizabeth's (601 Gallier St., 944-9272; www.elizabeths-restaurant.com), he now arrives at work by 5 a.m. to make sure that the breakfast rush gets fed. 'We liked what Heidi (Trull, the former owner) was doing, that's why we bought it,' McLamb said. The restaurant has the same staff, except that McLamb and his partner, Stewart Anthony, have hired one additional chef. The new owners say they don't want to change the funky Bywater establishment, only improve it. They plan to remodel the dining room and kitchen and add an upstairs lounge and a dinner menu. From 1962 to 1969, McLamb ran the Coffee Pot restaurant, which in the early days, he said, had an atmosphere similar to that of Elizabeth's. Fans of Elizabeth's from around the nation will get a chance to meet the new owners during Jazz Fest, when the restaurant expands its hours to serve hungry music fans dinner. The evening menu, which includes Carolina frog legs, smoked rib-eye steak and cedar plank roasted salmon with a green apple crust, will be available both weekends of Jazz Fest, April 21 through April 23 and April 28 through April 30, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Ticket to Taste
The schedule for the upcoming New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (www.nowfe.com), five days of wines from around the world paired with the best of New Orleans food, has been posted online. The event, which runs from Thursday, May 25, through Sunday, May 29, includes seminars with leading wine experts, wine dinners hosted by 30 local restaurants and a night of wine tasting and music along Royal Street. At the Grand Tasting, the centerpiece of the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, 100 of New Orleans' top chefs serve tasting-size portions of their food with complementary wine. Some events sell out, so it's a good idea to purchase advance tickets through the website. All profits from the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience benefit the Louisiana Restaurant Association's School-to-Career Program.
Sapphire Blue Eyes
At Artesia (21516 Highway 36, Abita Springs, 985-892-1662; www.artesiarestaurant.com), folks will be cutting a rug until late in the evening now that the Abita Springs restaurant and inn has opened its Sapphire Lounge. Singer Mike Morris (www.mikemorris.biz) has been crooning swinging tunes in the style of Frank Sinatra for Artesia's guests every weekend. People felt a little awkward dancing amid dinner tables, so after numerous requests Artesia decided to open their new second-floor lounge. The intimate Sapphire lounge, which will be open from 5:30 p.m. until closing on Fridays and Saturdays, is decorated in Rat Pack style with old photos from the 1940s and '50s.