On Nov. 7 more than 50 top chefs descend upon New Orleans for Boudin, Bourbon & Beer, a fundraiser for the Emeril Lagasse Foundation co-chaired by Lagasse and chef Donald Link. The chefs try their spin on the Louisiana sausage, and the other “Bs'” of the festival will be bountiful thanks to sponsors Abita Beer and Buffalo Trace. Participating chefs are a mix of local favorites and leading national chefs who are excited to get to New Orleans. Some of the event’s out-of-town guests shared with us what’s on their must-do lists for when they hit the city.
Fishers At Orange Beach Marina, Orange Beach, Alabama
When I go to New Orleans I have three places that are a must stop for me. First I pull off the Interstate in the Warehouse District and stop at Cochon Butcher for a link of boudin — more like three or four links. On my way to Tracey’s in Uptown for a cold beer and a shot of Jameson I always stop at Stein’s Deli for a large Italian sub. I love the aged provolone; I have to have it! When I go see my brother I always stop in Mid-City at Parkway Bakery and Tavern for a shrimp poboy. It’s a little piece of heaven.
Peg Leg Porker, Nashville
My first stop in NOLA is always Cochon Butcher. I love the staff and the owners are close friends. It is always a great meal and a good way to start the trip. For casual dinner, I love Domenica. It is a great place to relax. Alon [Shaya, head chef] and his staff are top notch.
When we start to make it out on my second day, I have to hit Company Burger. Adam [Biderman] has one of the best burgers in the country, hands down. On the formal side, I love Herbsaint. Simply some of the best food anywhere. And for seafood, it’s Peche. [Chef] Ryan [Prewitt], [General Manager] Tommy [Lagneaux] and the staff know just how to make you feel at home.
Rathbun’s Steaks, Atlanta
Lantern, Chapel Hill, North Carolina