Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A Taste of New Orleans

Last week I had the pleasure of attending a cooking demo by guest Chef Ryan Prewitt of Peche Seafood Grill in New Orleans, LA.  Peche was honored with not one but two James Beard Awards. One for best new restaurant and Ryan earning the second for best chef: South. Needless to say, it was real treat to have Ryan cooking some of his traditional NOLA cuisine for us to sample.

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First up, steak tartar served with smoked oyster aioli. I am still thinking about these things! The warm, crusty bread paired well with the cool temperature of the beef and the oyster aioli sealed the deal.

Chef Prewitt prepping for the catfish



Next on the menu, fried catfish topped with tangy pickled collards greens in a chile broth. This dish had a healthy dose of salt as well as vinegar and those are both ok in my book.


We finished the meal off with baked royal red shrimp. There is no better way to serve them than with the head on, swimming in a lemon and chili butter bath and a side of toasted bread.
 
Not only is Prewitt an amazing chef, but he is also a great story teller, sharing his extensive knowledge of seafood and its journey from the sea to the table. Everything I ate that evening was so appetizing and full of flavor. I hope to one day make it to the Big Easy and check Peche in person. 


2 comments:

  1. That fried catfish has me drooling! Looks like an awesome cooking demo!
    Ally - Life as I know it

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    1. I know right!?! I actually got the recipe for the catfish the other day and can't wait to make it. Everything he made was so delicious! You need to come check out one of the demos next time.

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