Thursday, May 31, 2007

Gulf fish and the chefs who broil it: a new festival in the French Quarter June 8 - 10, the New Orleans Seafood Festival

The first new Post Katrina festival, the New Orleans Seafood Festival, debuts June 7-10 in the French Quarter, says Offbeat magazine.

It will highlight Louisiana’s Gulf Seafood and New Orleans Chefs, an obsessive bunch of high-heat artists. It takes place in Jackson Square and at the Old Mint, adjacent to the French Market.

Among the chefs: Galatoire’s Chef Brian Landry; Red Fish Grill’s Chef Gregg Collier; Muriel’s Jackson Square Chef Guy Sockrider; Palace Café’s Chef Darin Nesbit; Bayona’s Chef Susan Spicer; Café Giovanni’s Chef Duke LoCicero; Broussard’s Chef Gunter Preuss; Arnaud’s Chef Tommy DiGiovanni; G. W. Fin’s Chef Tenney Flynn; Rib Room’s Chef Anthony Spizale; Dominque’s Chef Dominique Macquet; Mr. B’s Michelle McRaney.

“The Seafood Fest is yet another major step forward to our recovery efforts… our fishermen and restaurateurs are in the same boat literally. This festival will bring awareness nationally that our restaurateurs are back serving the freshest and best seafood caught locally. The consumer wins, the restaurateurs win and the fishermen win with this event,” said Ewell Smith.

At Neworleanseafoodfestival.com you'll find an enticing line-up of music performances. The hotel packages amount to excellent value. And shopping in the French Quarter and along Magazine St remains an intoxicating pursuit, seems to me.