Mixing Business and Platters
Food and business mix every Tuesday night at The Savvy Gourmet (4519 Magazine St., 504-895-2665), the cooking school that has turned into an Uptown lunch spot since reopening last month. The Savvy Gourmet dining room is now hosting weekly small-business roundtable meetings chaired by Anthony Patton, the online marketer who heads the small-business committee on Mayor Nagin's Rebuild New Orleans Commission. The economic development group GNO Inc. and the Idea Village, an entrepreneur mentoring program, also support the meetings. The Savvy Gourmet has meals for sale during the meetings, which begin at 6:30 p.m., and invites participants to bring their own libations.
Uptown Farmers Market Returns
Just in time for Thanksgiving-dinner shopping trips, the Crescent City Farmers Market plans to resume its Tuesday market at Uptown Square (200 Broadway St.) on Nov. 22. Director Richard McCarthy says the revival of the market should serve as a reunion for the farmers and vendors, chefs and home cooks who shopped there before Hurricane Katrina. Though the location is the same, the time is different. The market will be held every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Run by the nonprofit Economics Institute at Loyola University, the market had operated three weekly market days around town prior to Katrina. The market is also planning to hold a shorter version of its holiday crafts and gifts market, called Festivus. It will be held on a single day — which had not been determined by press time — in December downtown at the corner of Magazine and Girod streets. People interested in selling locally made or fair-trade goods at Festivus should email the group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael "Hollywood" Broadway, a shucker at Acme Oyster House (multiple locations, visit www.AcmeOyster.com), put his professional skills to use to raise money for hurricane relief at the recent Oyster Shuck-A-Thon in New York. Broadway had signed up for the competition before the storm and was vying for the title of "World's Fastest Oyster Shucker," based on the number of oysters he could open in one minute. After the storm, however, Acme decided to take cash pledges for every oyster he shucked during the competition. Broadway shucked 10 oysters in 60 seconds, which wasn't enough to win but did earn $1,000 in pledges for disaster relief.
Latil's Landing (40136 Hwy. 942, Darrow, 504-891-9494), the restaurant opened in January at Houmas House Plantation in Ascension Parish, has been named one of the 20 best new restaurants in the nation by Esquire magazine food critic John Mariani . The honor appears in November's issue. New Orleans businessman Kevin Kelly refurbished the plantation, opened it to the public and hired 26-year-old Jeremy Langlois as chef last year. A protégé of Chef John Folse , Langlois was previously executive chef at the Bittersweet Plantation Restaurant in Donaldsonville. Mariani described Langlois' cooking as "drenched in Southern tradition," and lauded his Dixie beer-battered shrimp, lamb marinated in Community-brand coffee and yams drizzled with praline sauce. Houmas House is open for tours, and its restaurant serves dinner Thursday through Saturday and brunch all day Sunday. The plantation also has a casual restaurant called Cafe Burnside serving lunch daily.