Nov 022018
 

Casa Borrega in Central City is hosting its sixth annual Day of the Dead and first Frida Kahlo costume contest on Friday, Nov. 2, from 7 to 11 p.m.

The event features an altar by Hugo Montero, who has been creating Day of the Dead altars since the early 1990s in New Orleans. This year’s altar is dedicated to Anthony Bordain.

The community is invited to bring photos of their loved ones who have died in the last year to place on the altar. The installation is open to the public during business hours.

Day of the Dead altar from 2015. (Courtesy of Casa Borrega)

Day of the Dead altar from 2015. (Courtesy of Casa Borrega)

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Oct 312018
 

A rendering of the building at 4528 Freret Street after its proposed redevelopment into a grocery store with condos above the parking lot. Architect Nick Marshall noted that the building was a Canal Villere grocery store in the 1970s and 80s. (image courtesy of Chase Marshall architects)

The New Orleans City Council is expected to decide Thursday on whether to allow a proposed grocery store in the former Publiq House space at the Neighborhood Housing Services building on Freret Street as well as 24 adjacent condo units, the first of what is now two current efforts to bring groceries to the booming neighborhood. Continue reading »

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Oct 242018
 

The building at 1610 St. Charles Avenue, where Tiger Paw Daiquiris and Grill plans to move in. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The controversial plan to open a new daiquiri shop on St. Charles Avenue created a heated debate before the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, and the commission ultimately decided to let the City Council make a decision without their recommendation. Continue reading »

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Oct 232018
 

A fundraiser Wednesday night at the Eiffel Society on St. Charles Avenue will benefit the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the Arts Council of New Orleans, and will feature a live string duet and an art installation. Continue reading »

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Oct 192018
 

The insanely rich, dark, mahogany hued Quail Gumbo, from the kitchen of Gabrielle’s Chef Greg Sonnier. (Photo Credit: Gabie Sonnier)

The return of Gabrielle Restaurant last October was literally the talk of the town. Not “literally” in the way millennials misuse the word, but literally, as in literally.

Twelve years is a long time to miss a menu. And few chefs and kitchens have been as missed by locals as James Beard-nominated Chef Greg Sonnier and his beloved Gabrielle.

The original Gabrielle—located on Esplanade in the historic Faubourg St. John–opened to critical acclaim in 1992, but like so many of New Orleans’ culinary institutions, was lost to Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters in 2005. Continue reading »

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Oct 162018
 

The building at 1610 St. Charles Avenue, where Tiger Paw Daiquiris and Grill plans to move in. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Opposition to a plan to turn a vacant coffee shop on St. Charles Avenue into a small daiquiri bar grew more formal Monday night when the Lower Garden District Association voted unanimously to oppose the project at its hearing before the City Planning Commission next week. Continue reading »

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Oct 052018
 

Three Weekends of das Oktoberfest!

German beers on tap at Deutsches Haus’ Oktoberfest

German beers on tap at Deutsches Haus’ Oktoberfest (Kristine Froeba)

Prost! Deutsches Haus and Oktoberfest are back in town.

Das Deutsches Haus, New Orleans’ German cultural and heritage center, aka the German house, is back in the city proper and celebrating Oktoberfest. This year marks the organizations 90th anniversary and its inaugural Oktoberfest at its new location in Mid-City.

If you think about it, it makes perfect sense that New Orleanians celebrate the most Bavarian of holidays down on dah bayou—Bayou St. John to be exact. Continue reading »

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Sep 282018
 

“If it lacks authority, add more vodka,” those are Ernest Hemingway’s instructions while mixing his preferred Bloody Mary. Hemingway understood New Orleans.

The Deluxe Bloody Mary at New Orleans’ Apolline Restaurant

The Deluxe Bloody Mary at New Orleans’ Apolline Restaurant, garnished with a freshly baked bacon breakfast biscuit sandwich perched aloft of the mug. (photo by Kristine Froeba)

It’s Bloody Mary Season in New Orleans
The Classic Cocktail Enamored By Locals

Some might say Fall marks the arrival of Bloody Mary season in New Orleans—at least for me anyway. I find the Bloody Mary too heavy for the humid southern summer, but curiously sublime when temperatures drop or are supposed to drop.

Come late September or October, this staple of the brunch bunch becomes the staple of many a tailgate or pre-game party. Continue reading »

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Sep 202018
 

The former Jim Russell’s Rare Records building at 1831 Magazine is being renovated into a home for the new Union Ramen restaurant. (photo via City Planning Commission)

Union Ramen has received the final approval it needed in order to open inside the large Magazine Street building that formerly housed Jim Russell Rare Records. Continue reading »

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Sep 152018
 
Gabrielle’s Seared Duck Liver and Caramelized Onions

Gabrielle’s Seared Duck Liver and Caramelized Onions on Cinnamon Toast with Cherry Jam (photo credit Gabbie Sonnier)

New Orleans’ Restaurant Week has only two days and nights left to enjoy. September is one of the slowest months of the year for restaurateurs, but it’s an excellent opportunity for locals to experience new chefs and new menus from old favorites.

Celebrating its eighth year, Restaurant Week New Orleans offers a line-up of restaurants with innovative menus at discounted prices. The week, a brainchild of the Louisiana Restaurant Association in partnership with New Orleans & Company, runs through Sunday, September 16. Continue reading »

Sep 042018
 

New Orleans is known for many signature drinks, including the grasshopper, Sazerac, and Roffignac. All of these drinks are delicious cocktails any visitor should try during their stay in New Orleans, but there is a lesser-known city-wide love and appreciation for local brews.

There are a growing number of breweries in New Orleans, and Louisiana IPAs are widely available throughout the city. You can pick up beers to go, or choose a place to linger and try quite a few. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll want to get to know the best breweries in New Orleans.

To get a sense of what to expect at these New Orleans breweries and plan your own brewery crawl, check out this video from La Galerie French Quarter Hotel.

La Galerie French Quarter Hotel's Best Breweries

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Aug 312018
 

Sponsored by Midway Pizza

Business Profile: Midway Pizza

Ben Sherman and Stephen Watson have built a culture of great staff, good food, and gracious company over the last several years at Midway Pizza on Freret Street. They are on track to open a second location in the new airport this February with the same funky-cool feeling the Uptown community loves. With a true neighborhood feel and “the best staff in the city,” the pizza joint is proud to be a staple for the Freret corridor. Co-owner Ben Sherman sat with Uptown Messenger—on his birthday of all days—to talk big about the restaurant, their great staff, and the neighbors he loves so much.

“Our goal has always been to be a part of this neighborhood. We’re almost eight years in over here,” Ben said. “So many people from every part of the neighborhood gather here, whether it be for a football game or family outing, from Tchoupitoulas to well into Broadmoor.” Continue reading »

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Aug 222018
 

Building owner Jody Ferchaud and Surrey’s owner Greg Surrey pose for a photo outside the former Cafe Freret where Surrey’s will open its newest location. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After a major historic structural renovation, the vacant former service station that for years was home to Cafe Freret is now slated to become a new location of popular Uptown breakfast spot Surrey’s, flanked on either side by a new family-oriented coffee shop called “Cafe au Play” and new location of Empanola.

Work continues on the new columns at the building at Freret and Lowerline. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Aug 222018
 

The newest addition to the family of Deanie’s seafood restaurants is the Deanie’s Sea Food Kitchen at 2200 Magazine St. Owned by Chandra Chifici-Scarber of the same family, the space has bars upstairs and downstairs, balcony dining, and a kitchen with food options old and new.

The newest addition to the family of Deanie’s seafood restaurants is the Sea Food Kitchen at 2200 Magazine St. Owned by Chandra Chifici-Scarber, the space has bars upstairs and downstairs, balcony dining, and a kitchen with food options old and new. (Tyree Worthy, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, representatives of District B City Councilman Jay Banks, New Orleans Chamber of Commerce CEO & President G. Ben Johnson, and many more joined the family in the new restaurant’s grand opening and ribbon-cutting on August 21. Continue reading »

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Aug 212018
 

A happy hour fundraiser tonight at the Eiffel Society on St. Charles Avenue will benefit two New Orleans education nonprofits, one that recruits more black male teachers to provide positive role models in the classroom, and one that promotes success in science and technology. Continue reading »

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