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Dec 14, 201710:58 AM
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Two Ends of the “Paired-Courses Dinner” Spectrum


Stokehold, the restaurant in the Port Orleans Brewery, is one of my favorite new restaurants. I’ve written about the place before, but I’ve just learned that chefs Tim Bordes, Phillip Mariano and Jeremy Wolgamott are starting a series of three-course beer tasting dinners; here’s the information on Stokehold’s Facebook page:

This is a one of a kind dining experience guaranteed to satisfy your hunger, thirst, and your mind. Learn how the chefs of Stokehold pair dishes with Port Orleans beers.

For $45, you’ll taste multiple beers alongside base flavors to learn what pairs perfectly with your taste buds. After the tasting lesson, you’ll enjoy a 3-course meal with the beers that pair best with each one.

Seating is limited to 20 people. Call the Port Orleans Tasting Room to make a reservation: (504) 266-2332

The first dinner will be held Dec. 20, and they’ll continue every other Wednesday thereafter. I’d give them a call soon if you’re interested in attending. As I write, I don’t have the menu, but Stokehold is one of those places where I always have trouble choosing between pretty much everything on the menu; that’s saying something because the menu changes frequently. I’m not sure I’ll be able to attend the dinner next Wednesday, but I’ll make one before long.

Stokehold is a fairly casual place, as befits a food operation within a brewery’s tasting room. The food is more ambitious and interesting than that image conveys, but there are no white tablecloths and service is informal. Galatoire’s is, it’s fair to say, somewhat higher end.

The sharp kids at Nola Eater recently posted about an upcoming wine dinner at Galatoire’s that I will definitely not be attending, because the money tree in my backyard was tragically killed by the recent cold weather. The dinner features the wines of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – widely considered among the best in the world and priced accordingly. 

The Jan. 12 dinner featuring four different Romanée-Conti wines will cost $1,500 per person, a price that is slightly more than I am comfortable paying for a single meal even if the menu looks outstanding. There will be very few seats available, mainly because the wines are so rare that there simply won’t be that many bottles available. As soon as I finish writing this I am going to do my level best to forget the event exists in the hope I will not die from jealousy, but if you attend I’d love to hear about your experience so that I can live vicariously through you.



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Robert D. Peyton was born at Ochsner Hospital and, apart from four years in Tennessee for college and three years in Baton Rouge for law school, has lived in New Orleans his entire life. He is a strong believer in the importance of food to our local culture and in the importance of our local food culture, generally. He has practiced law since 1994, and began writing about food on his website, www.appetites.us, in 1999. He mainly wrote about partying that year, obviously.

In 2006, New Orleans Magazine named Appetites the best food blog in New Orleans. The choice was made relatively easy due to the fact that Appetites was, at the time, the only food blog in New Orleans.

He began writing the Restaurant Insider column for New Orleans Magazine in 2007 and has been published in St. Charles Avenue, Louisiana Life and New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles magazines. He is the only person he knows personally who has been interviewed in GQ magazine, albeit for calling Alan Richman a nasty name. He is not proud of that, incidentally. (Yes, he is.)

Robert’s maternal grandmother is responsible for his love of good food, and he has never since had fried chicken or homemade biscuits as good as hers. He developed his curiosity about restaurant cooking in part from the venerable PBS cooking show "Great Chefs" and has an extensive collection of cookbooks, many of which do not require coloring, and some of which have not been defaced.

Robert lives in Mid-City with his wife Eve and their three children, and is fond of receiving comments and emails. Please humor him.




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