Emeril's and Bayona celebrate 25th year anniversaries


Diners at Chef Emeril Lagasse's flagship restaurant in the Warehouse District. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Diners at Chef Emeril Lagasse's flagship restaurant in the Warehouse District.

At 175 years old, Antoine's Restaurant is celebrating the biggest anniversary among New Orleans restaurants this year. The city has a few French-Creole restaurants in the century club, including Galatoire's (opened 1905) and Tujague's, which was originally opened in 1856. Rival coffee and beignet stands Cafe du Monde and Morning Call both were founded in the French Market more than 140 years ago.

That may make a 25th anniversary seem like a drop in the bucket. But both Emeril's and Bayona are marking silver anniversaries this spring.

Chef Emeril Lagasse opened his flagship restaurant Emeril's in March 1990. Through March 25, the restaurant is offering special menus of popular dishes from throughout the years. Dishes include shrimp remoulade parfait with avocado and tomato, fried oyster salad with frisee, arugula, Pernod dressing and house-cured bacon and blue cheese-glazed filet mignon with house Worcestershire sauce and chocolate peanut butter pie. There are different menus each week, and Lagasse hosts three special dinners from March 26 to 28. The events begin at 6:30 p.m. with an open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres, followed by a six-course dinner with wine pairings. The meal costs $250 plus tax and tip.

Chef Susan Spicer will celebrate the 25th anniversary of her flagship restaurant Bayona with a special dinner April 8. It also will feature popular dishes from past menus. The dinner is $85 without drinks, tax or tip.

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