New Orleans Wine & Food Experience
I'd love to hear some thoughts about the upcoming NOWFE Event - May 25-29 2010. What events are not to miss? Is is really and all you can eat and drink affair?!?!
If you are referring to the grand tastings, yes. It's held in a ballroom set up with small bar tables sans chairs for dining. Appetizer size offerings as is with most grazing events. You get to sample lots of "ok" food., IMO it's not worth the $$. I'd rather have the tasting menu w/wine pairing at one of our finer rest.
The grand tastings are too much of a crush for me.
However, the Wed, night dinners at a set group of restaurants are tremendous fun.
Many of these are already sold-out and have been that way. Find a vintner you are interested in and book based on that. Most of restaurants do this without making any profit, as $$ go for cooking scholarships through LRA. For many this is an annual event.
Galatoire's closes the main dining room for NOWFE. Others do the same too.
The Thursday night stroll is great IF the weather is not rainy as you have to walk from
gallery to gallery. This is all very organized and you have to be banded to get poured.
If you do it start early. And don't miss going through the upstairs back sector at Rau's.
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130
re: savory south
I went to the stroll two years ago. It was a disaster because of outragous rains . Some of the venders in the street had the roofs of their tents collapse - several food venders did not show up (you are issued a wrist band with detachable tags for specific venders). I am going back this year becasue despite the rain - the flood - wine spilled all over my Trina Turk blouse - the worst hang over in recent memory - I had the BEST time. Still talkin about it...
Perhaps will see you there! :)
That IS bad!
Last time we did NOWFE was the last year they were in June. That year was unnaturally hot for June, even by NOLA standards, so the "Stroll," was a bit tough. We decided that the only reds would be the ones poured in heavily air conditioned galleries. Still, loads of fun.
I have always had a bit of a problem with the wine maker dinners, as in the past, the marriage of wine maker and restaurant seemed to be done by blind draw. I hope that the committee has begun to pay a lot more attention to the pairing of wines and cuisine.
The "Grand Tasting" was a bit of a letdown on each year. As has been mentioned, a big "crush," and the wines were - well, OK, but not something that I would fight through 40 people, who have decided to "stake out" one table and just drink.
In many similar events, the Grand Tastings are done in two parts: for the folk, who have bought the full package, there is a 2-3 hour "early opening," and then the doors are thrown open for the "masses," who ONLY bought tickets for that event. This allows for a more leisurely, and enjoyable experience.
We need to get back, just to see what has changed.
re: Bill Hunt
is the cuisine served at the Grand Tastings worth it, or would I do better (on a 3-day trip to New Orleans that weekend) to just go to one of the restaurants on my list (I like Cochon for Friday evening and Dick&Jenny's for Saturday, although the $300 fundraiser at August looks mighty compelling).
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130
haha wow, small world! I live in California now but haven't done the New Orleans thing since I actually developed an appreciation of cuisine.
As for Market Diner, listen - if they open up in Tally. (and I hear there's a new roof on the old Buckhead Brewery now - dunno if that's where they still plan on going), then no one has any reason whatsoever to go to Seminole Wind ever again!
Going back some years, the food at the Grand Tasting has gone mostly unnoticed by us. However, we have been at this event for the wines, and much less so for the food.
Now, the other events, like the cooking breakout sessions, or the vintner's dinners, have been great in most cases, as they should be.