CC image courtesy Andre Deak at Flickr
He and She Said:
Ok, so there won’t actually be tango lessons (at least as far as we know), but hot off the presses there are 5 seats remaining for Dan Esses’ Central- and South-American themed supper club next Tuesday at Three Muses.
We’ve raved about both the food and the music at Three Muses in the past, and this is an event you want to grab if you can.
Here are the details and the menu courtesy of Candice Sirmon:
Supper Club is going to be on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at
7:00 pm at Three Muses.
Only 5 Seats Remaining.
Please let us know as soon as possible by emailing email@example.com if you would like to attend so that we can reserve your seat. Also, please let us know how you heard about Supper Club and if you are friends with any current members.
Cocktails upstairs and dinner downstairs.
This dinner will have a Central and South American theme. The dinner price is $60 and includes an aperitif and amuse-bouche,
four courses and two glasses of wine.
The menu is below and we will have extra bottles of the companion wines for purchase.
Of course you can still bring your own bottle if you want more than the aperitif and two wines that come with the prix fixe price.
1st course- blood orange drum ceviche with plantain chips
2nd course- smoked mushroom tamale “cannelloni”
Main course- Argentinian stuffed flank steak with chimichurri
Sides – Yucca with toasted garlic and citrus
Yellow coconut rice
Marinated tomato and hearts of palm
Dessert- dulce de leche flan
CC image courtesy of Dinner Series on Flickr
We love to eat!
Yes, Steve and I do, but I am not talking about us specifically, but rather New Orleans as a whole. It is the only place I know where people sit around a dinner table and the topic of conversation is inevitably what they will be eating at their next meal. Definitely one of my favorite aspects of being NOLA-Bred. Indulgent- Absolutely!
Last Tuesday evening we were dining at Dan Esses’ Three Muses Supper Club and enjoying conversation with new friends of ours who we met at that same venue three months prior. Within minutes of our first meeting, the conversation turned to food. Over our once-monthly courtship, we have managed to cover a lot of ground: best dishes, best restaurants, great breakfast, best dive places, best neighborhood restaurants, under radar, new in 2011 , etc. The list goes on and on. Our dining companions and ourselves don’t always agree. Hell, He Said and I often don’t agree, and I think that makes conversation all the more interesting. If there is one thing New Orleanians are passionate about it is food. If you don’t believe me, ask any local who makes the best red beans and rice. I always welcome the opportunity for someone to open my eyes to a different approach and more importantly something I have yet to experience. Continue reading
Glen David Andrews courtesy of Tonya Armbruster
If I were a local real estate agent, I’d seriously consider setting up a table and chair on Frenchmen every Friday to catch people rushing out of Three Muses during the set break, frantic to sell everything and start a new life in NOLA. The energetic trombonist Glen David Andrews and the intimate Three Muses in combination are the perfect inducement to cast away whatever passes for regular life elsewhere.
We’d seen Andrews before, but in a festival setting. He is a tireless performer, and his approach is big enough to translate to an outdoor stage, which is not ideally suited to every musician. Anyone who snoozed through Emmylou Harris at Jazzfest a few years back will know what I mean. Rumor had it that his ongoing Friday set at Three Muses was electric, and we were eager to check it out. Compressing Andrews into this relatively small space on Frenchmen was likely to yield fireworks, we thought. We were correct.
This review is long overdue. In August, Chris Starnes, Sophie Lee, and Dan Esses opened Three Muses on Frenchmen Street, between Blue Nile and Praline Connection. Billed as a fusion of hospitality, food, and music, this place looked promising to us. As former residents of the Marigny Triangle and now part-time French Quarter habitués, we have a great affection for our old stomping grounds.
We’ve run across Dan Esses’ food in a number of venues: The now-defunct Bank, formerly at the corner of Dauphine and Touro, the Marigny Brasserie, Clever Wine Bar, and the courtyard Sunday nights at Bacchanal. For whatever reason, Dan’s been kind of a gypsy chef, bouncing from place to place. What has been consistent is the quality of his work. This guy knows what he’s doing, so hopefully he’ll stay around for awhile.
We got to know Chris when he was running the front of the house at The Marigny Brasserie, right after Katrina, when that was a very solid place. After that, he ran Coffea Café in Bywater, where Satsuma is now, and also popped up at the very well-regarded Boucherie.
So, knowing some of the players, we had high hopes. But we also had significant reservations as we waited to see the concept. In recent years, Frenchmen has grown more and more funky, and less and less amenable to fine-dining. The Brasserie, blessed with by far the best space and location on the street, did a good job for awhile, but the wheels have come off in recent years. Some may remember Belle Forche anchoring the other end of the block years earlier. For the most part this stretch of the Marigny has proved friendlier to casual, eclectic places like Yuki, 13, and Adolfo’s. We wondered if Three Muses would open it’s doors with a concept that would catch fire with the very singular Frenchmen crowd, but we worried they might aim too high. We’ve now been five or six times, and this review keeps getting away from me, so it’s time to sit down and knock it out.
I’ve had the fortunate opportunity to partake in a whole slew of adventures over the past 9 months and it would be impossible to include them all in this blog based upon my recent slacking tendencies. Instead, I’ve decided that maybe it would suffice to highlight those experiences/things that stood out.
In true rant fashion, there is no rhyme or reason to the order of my list. If I offend anyone with the below opinions, well, I do have a very finite take- just ask my husband. By the way, this does not necessarily reflect his perspective either. I’m just sayin’.
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