The night before we boarded The Rock Boat, since we were in New Orleans, my wife, Sheryl, and I had dinner at Commander's Palace. Since 1880, Commander's Palace has been a New Orleans landmark known for the award winning quality of its food. The history of this famous restaurant offers a glimpse into New Orleans' ante-bellum past. A quiet revolution bubbles inside the aqua blue fantasy like Victorian architecture - inventive modern New Orleans cooking coexists with Haute Creole. source: CommandersPalace.com
My old college roommate, Tim Barrios, and his wife, Marie, joined us. Actually Tim was the astute one who, 9 months ago, made the reservations at The Chef's Table. The Chef's Table is what it sounds like. You eat at table inside the kitchen, where the Chef brings each course and describes it. Each course is accompanied by a different wine.
|1a.||Chicharrones (homemade pork rinds)||Malvasia di Casorzo, Naufragar|
|1b.||Ponchatoula Strawberry Salad with St. -André|
|2.||Stone Crab Claws and Commander's Turtle Soup||Brut "Commander's Cuvée," Iron Horse|
|3.||Shrimp & Tasso Pinchos and Truffled Mushroom Gnocchi||Riesling Spatlese "Oberemmler Hutte," von Hovel|
|4.||Escargot and Crawfish Bordelaise||"I'Alba" (Carignane), Jean-Louis Tribouley|
|5.||Foie Gras "du Monde"||Moscatel Soleado "Colosia," J.C. Gutierrez|
|6.||Les Coups des Milieu : "Leap Over" Cocktail|
|7.||Sliced Veal Loin with Chévre Grits||Pinot Noir, Burn Cottage Vineyard|
I did not remember to take a picture until it was too late.
|Black Angus Filet Mignon with Yukon Gold Potatoes||Barolo "Big d' Big," Rocche dei Manzone|
|9.||A Selection of Artisanal Cheeses||Cabernet Sauvignon "Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard," Bacio Divino|
|10a.||The Dessert Bomb
||Black Muscat "Elysium," Quady|
Our waiter's name was Argyle - like the socks.
|Flambé - Bananas Foster - a tableside flambé of bananas with Caribbean rum, brown sugar, banana liqueur & vanilla bean ice cream|
Food appreciation is alive in the kitchen (lab).