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Brustman Carrino Public Relations
New Orleans, LA - On March 26, 2015, Emeril's New Orleans, the original flagship restaurant created by Emeril Lagasse, will celebrate 25 years since it opened in New Orleans' Warehouse District. The restaurant where Lagasse first introduced his signature "New New Orleans" cuisine is still considered the city's quintessential dining destination. To commemorate this milestone Emeril's will host a month-long celebration, featuring weekly throwback menus, specialty wine pairings, and a series of celebratory dinners hosted by Lagasse himself.
"I'm incredibly proud to be celebrating 25 years," says Lagasse. "I'm humbled and thankful to the city of New Orleans and to all the customers who have come through our doors and allowed us to do what we love each day. We are grateful to have been able to help create lasting memories for our guests and are looking forward to the next 25 years together."
We all know Emeril as an iconic chef, TV personality, entrepreneur and humanitarian. Yet it all started when he struck out on his own as a young, very talented chef after his tenure at Commander's Palace. With a distinct vision, Lagasse had his sights set on the Warehouse District, opening his first restaurant in an area with sparse commercial properties at the time. Determined to redefine New Orleans cuisine while paying homage to traditional Louisiana fare, on March, 26th, 1990, Lagasse opened Emeril's at 800 Tchoupitoulas Street, and New New Orleans cuisine was born. Since then, Emeril's has helped set the scene for the city's modern food revolution and paved the way for some of New Orleans' most acclaimed restaurants today.
"I look around at the amazing talent in this city and all the great chefs - I'm honored that many have come through the kitchen at Emeril's," the Chef adds. "It's exciting to see how the dining scene has changed, there's a lot more competition and it pushes us to stay creative and keep evolving."
Paying tribute to the past and celebrating what's to come, the 25th anniversary celebration at Emeril's will run throughout the month of March. From March 1st - 25th, the restaurant will feature a different Throwback Menu each week, showcasing favorite dishes from the past 25 years, each with a unique story behind it. Available a la carte or as a specialty tasting menu upon request, diners can expect signature plates including Quail Milton, stuffed with mushrooms, Andouille and a Port wine sauce, named after the City Council member who helped with the permitting process to open the restaurant. Other highlights include Lobster and Sweet Corn Chowder, inspired by Emeril's New England childhood; Potatoes Alexa - twice baked new potatoes with truffle emulsion, parmesan and chive, created for Billy Joel and his daughter back in the day; and Savory Smoked Salmon Cheesecake with green onion coulis - a play on the savory cheesecakes Emeril created when the restaurant first opened, amongst others. Sweet treats created by pastry chef Jeremy Fogg will include Goat Cheese Cake with preserved orange sauce; Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie and a time-honored favorite, Cane Syrup and Emeril's Pecan Bread Pudding. Sommelier Ray Gumpert will expertly match wines to each Throwback Menu.
The anniversary celebration will culminate with 3 Nights with Emeril - a trio of dinners that will spotlight the continued innovation at Emeril's. Hosted by Lagasse, Chef de Cuisine David Slater and beloved General Manager Kevin Delaune, the nightly six-course dinners with wine pairings will take place on Thursday, March 26th, Friday, March 27th and Saturday March 28th. Priced at $250 per person, per night (excluding tax and gratuity) the evening will commence at 6:30 p.m. with a welcome reception featuring specialty cocktails, full open bar, passed hors d'oeuvres and of course, Chef Emeril himself. Upon seating, diners will indulge in a creative, collaborative six-course menu created by Lagasse, Slater and his New Orleans Chefs Anthony Scanio/Emeril's Delmonico and Joshua Laskay/NOLA. While the menus will remain a surprise, guests can expect an array of dishes showcasing the future of New New Orleans cuisine, paired perfectly by Gumpert with nightly wine themes.
Emeril's is located at 800 Tchoupitoulas Street in New Orleans. For reservations please call (504) 528-9393 or visit www.emerilsrestaurants.com/emerils-new-orleans.
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