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Boudin, Bourbon & Beer: Chefs’ New Orleans Favorites

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.

Hugh Acheson

Love Parasol’s, Peche and Commander’s Palace. I usually wind down to Parasol’s right off the bat.

Tom Colicchio and Hugh Acheson, right (Photo: courtesy Hugh Acheson)

Bill Briand

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.

Bill Briand

Carey Bringle

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.

Carey Bringle
Carey Bringle

Kevin Rathbun

Rathbun’s Steaks, Atlanta

My wife and I are roast beef and Swiss poboy junkies (dressed) — one from Parkway Bakery is always the first on our list. Next, we’re off to Mandina’s for trout meuniere and turtle soup. I’m very interested to try Bacchanal for the first time. Late night, love a dive like Snake & Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge. Can’t forget Rocky & Carlo’s for shrimp and oyster poboys. And seeing family is always a treat.

Andrea Reusing

Lantern, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

I can’t wait for a sazerac, courtbouillon, L’Hoste Citrus satsumas and Poppy Tooker.

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