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Ruby Slipper Kicks in Great Food to Feed the First

Posted in Featured, HISTORY with tags , , , , , , , on February 28, 2017 by katrinafilm

Ruby Slipper Kicks in Great Food to Feed the First

 

The officers in the First District of the New Orleans Police Department received a special treat courtesy of the Ruby Slipper. The officers had the opportunity to feast on shrimp and grits with biscuits from the Ruby Slipper. Many thanks to The Ruby Slipper for contributing year after year to the Feed the First initiative.

The Ruby Slipper Café is a family-owned & operated business and open to serve diners 363 days a year at five New Orleans locations (Marigny, Mid-City, Canal St., CBD on Magazine St. and Uptown on Magazine St.), as well as locations in Baton Rouge, Pensacola, FL and Orange Beach, AL. The Ruby Slipper Café was inspired by a powerful sense of homecoming when returning to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and has expanded across the Southern Gulf Region since opening in 2008. The Ruby Slipper Café brings New Orleans flair to southern breakfast standards, brunch classics, fresh lunch dishes and eye-opening cocktails.

The Ruby Slipper Cafe’s mission is to enrich the lives of our guests, employees and owners through superior quality food and beverages, excellent customer service, sales growth and cost controls. We believe that our success depends upon creating and retaining a staff capable of delivering an exceptional dining experience to every customer, every time.

The Ruby Slipper Cafe was founded in May 2008, after Hurricane Katrina devastated our Mid-City neighborhood. In the recovery from that life-changing storm, Erich and Jennifer found an opportunity to turn a blighted corner store into a vibrant gathering place where neighbors could enjoy excellent Breakfast, Lunch & Brunch fare in a casual and inviting atmosphere. The Ruby Slipper Cafe Mid-City (139 S. Cortez St) was an instant success, and by Fall 2009, The Ruby Slipper Cafe was awarded a coveted spot in Brett Anderson’s list of the Top 100 Restaurants, featured in the Times-Picayune Fall 2009 Dining Guide. One of only four breakfast spots featured, we were thankful for this great recognition.

In April 2010, The Ruby Slipper Cafe was reviewed by renowned New Orleans food critic Tom Fitzmorris and awarded Three Stars (“Worth Crossing Town For”), stating that “The menu is as creative as any this side of Brennan’s, and uses excellent fresh ingredients carrying pedigrees you’d find in a gourmet bistro (applewood-smoked bacon, stone-ground grits, and fresh local shrimp, to name three). Particularly good is the restaurant’s use of local flavors not often seen at breakfast. Like pork or duck debris, or bananas Foster.”

In December 2010, Ruby Slipper Cafe Downtown (200 Magazine Street in the CBD) opened and has become a popular destination for tourists, business people and local residents alike. In November 2012, Ruby Slipper Cafe proudly added its Marigny location at 2001 Burgundy Street. This location also is home to the business headquarters. In January 2014, Ruby Slipper Cafe added a second downtown location at 1005 Canal Street in the French Quarter. In July 2015, Ruby Slipper Cafe opened its first location outside of New Orleans, located at 509 Palafox Street in Downtown Pensacola, Florida. In June 2016, Ruby Slipper Café opened its newest location in Orange Beach, Alabama, located at 24151 Perdido Beach Boulevard.

Check out their menu at http://www.therubyslippercafe.net/menus/

Buy You Breakfast at Bayou Breakfast

Posted in HISTORY with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2015 by katrinafilm

Derek and Idolka Villavaso opened Bayou Breakfast at 3111 Grand Route Saint John today.

On November 2, 2015, Ian McNulty wrote:
If a good hearty breakfast is the cure for what ails you, the former home of a neighborhood pharmacy in Faubourg St. John may still do the trick as a new cafe with seafood omelets, chicken and waffles and sweet potato pancakes.

Bayou Breakfast opened over the weekend at 3111 Esplanade Ave., in the building that was long home to De Blanc Pharmacy. That neighborhood standby closed in 2013, and the building later had a short stint as a frozen yogurt franchise.

Proprietors Idolka and Derek Villavaso have run a number of other businesses around town, and they saw a need for more breakfast service.

“That’s one thing everyone seems to want and we don’t have enough of,” said Derek Villavaso, who is also a partner in the Frenchmen Street restaurant and music venue Vaso.

Inside Bayou Breakfast, there’s a diner counter, a collection of tables and booths and a décor mixing cartoon images of alligators and bayou scenes with stylized photos of the Villavasos’ own children. They plan to add outdoor seating as well. The menu (see link below) is an extensive roster of mostly breakfast and brunch dishes, plus a few po-boys. Creole flavors are prominent, with beignets drizzled with chocolate sauce, catfish and grits and BBQ shrimp among the options. There are conventional breakfast plates, and also vegan versions with scrambled tofu, and the kitchen serves a selection of lighter starts. For instance, the chia pudding is a coconut milk pudding studded with chia seeds for a tapioca-like texture, topped with fruit and honey.

The menu also has a few Latin American breakfast items, a nod to the heritage of Idolka Villavaso. A native of Nicaragua, she ran her homespun restaurant La Cocinita Escondida on Freret Street long before that area bloomed into a restaurant row, and before the city had many traditional Latin American restaurants. Her family now operates Sarita’s Grill from the same location.

Bayou Breakfast does not serve alcohol, though the owners said they plan to apply for a liquor license to do so in the future.

The Villavasos have a second, separate venture in the works in the Warehouse District, where they’re developing a juice bar called Joose Heaven at 841 Fulton St. The café will serve cold press juice, salads, smoothies and other light fare, and is expected to open in the next few weeks.

Bayou Breakfast

3111 Grand Route St. John, 504-252-9129

Breakfast and lunch daily

Article by Ian McNulty courtesy THE ADVOCATE.

Many thanks to Ronnie Brink for dropping off the menu for Bayou Breakfast that you can see below:

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NOCCA Fundraiser at Santa Fe

Posted in More Great Posts! with tags , , , , , , on December 18, 2011 by katrinafilm

On Tuesday December 20th, we are having a NOCCA fundraiser from 6pm onwards. Students of NOCCA classical music department headed by Dr. Jee Yeon Ko will be performing as well as some of the teachers and parents. We shall be donating 20% of the evening’s proceeds to NOCCA’s classical music department to help with the puchase of costly instruments needed by the students.

If you appreciate the arts, especially classical music and cello, please stop by and join us for dinner on Tuesday December 20th and help us make a difference in our community.
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Also, we are preparing to host a memorable New Year’s Eve party at Santa Fe on December 31st which is going to include:-
*an amazing jazz trio with Eileina Dennis, Jason Stuart and Todd Duke, *dinner specials will include Chilean seabass, New Zealand lamb, lobster, duck, scrumpcious desserts and more….
*our patio will be covered (clear) and heated for your comfort throughout this winter.

Please make your reservations as early as possible, call 504 948 0077 (the restaurant) or Lale on my cell phone 504 512 1828
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Last but not least, we want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and the best of health, happiness and wealth in 2012. Kindly be advised that we shall be closed for Christmas on Saturday December 24, Sunday December 25th and Monday December 26th.

With warm regards,
Lale E. & Carlos A. Lourenco
Santa Fe restaurant
3201 Esplanade Avenue, NOLA 70119
Tel: 504 948 0077

Happy New Year

Posted in More Great Posts! with tags , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2011 by katrinafilm

Santa Fe Restaurant is preparing to host a memorable New Year’s Eve party at 3201 Esplanade Avenue on December 31st which is going to include:-
*an amazing jazz trio with Eileina Dennis, Jason Stuart and Todd Duke, *dinner specials will include Chilean seabass, New Zealand lamb, lobster, duck, scrumpcious desserts and more….
*our patio will be covered (clear) and heated for your comfort throughout this winter.

Please make your reservations as early as possible, call 504 948 0077 (the restaurant) or Lale on my cell phone 504 512 1828
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Last but not least, we want to wish all of you the best of health, happiness and wealth in 2012.

With warm regards,
Lale E. & Carlos A. Lourenco
Santa Fe Restaurant
3201 Esplanade Avenue, NOLA 70119
Tel: 504 948 0077

NOCCA Fundraiser at Santa Fe

Posted in More Great Posts! with tags , , , , , , on December 1, 2011 by katrinafilm

On Tuesday December 20th, we are having a NOCCA fundraiser from 6pm onwards. Students of NOCCA classical music department headed by Dr. Jee Yeon Ko will be performing as well as some of the teachers and parents. We shall be donating 20% of the evening’s proceeds to NOCCA’s classical music department to help with the puchase of costly instruments needed by the students.

If you appreciate the arts, especially classical music and cello, please stop by and join us for dinner on Tuesday December 20th and help us make a difference in our community.
***
Also, we are preparing to host a memorable New Year’s Eve party at Santa Fe on December 31st which is going to include:-
*an amazing jazz trio with Eileina Dennis, Jason Stuart and Todd Duke, *dinner specials will include Chilean seabass, New Zealand lamb, lobster, duck, scrumpcious desserts and more….
*our patio will be covered (clear) and heated for your comfort throughout this winter.

Please make your reservations as early as possible, call 504 948 0077 (the restaurant) or Lale on my cell phone 504 512 1828
***

Last but not least, we want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and the best of health, happiness and wealth in 2012. Kindly be advised that we shall be closed for Christmas on Saturday December 24, Sunday December 25th and Monday December 26th.

With warm regards,
Lale E. & Carlos A. Lourenco
Santa Fe restaurant
3201 Esplanade Avenue, NOLA 70119
Tel: 504 948 0077

Back Away from the Drive-Thru

Posted in New Orleans Is What I'm About with tags , , , , , , , on June 24, 2009 by katrinafilm


http://www.libertyskitchen.org/files/LIBERTY__S_KITCHEN_CAFE_MENU.pdf
Those drive-thru places offer quick food but at what cost? Your health, your sanity?

Everyone knows that stuff isn’t good for you and barking your order through a speaker can’t be good for for your mental health. Oh, but the price is cheap and it’s quick.

Consider this, you can have food prepared by a chef for the same or less cost in an environment that will relax your mind and regenerate your spirit. And, you’ll be helping a non-profit that helps others.

Where is this place you ask? At 422 1/2 South Broad. It’s called Liberty’s Kitchen and is a NON-profit restaurant that provides jobs for at-risk youth. The food is prepared by Chef Reggie Davis and the price is right.

The downside? You have to go in and sit down. You get your food prepared and served by people who actually care about what you are eating, and you might spend a total of thirty minutes enjoying your meal. (more if you partake of the free wireless internet)

So, back away from the drive-thru and head on over to Liberty’s Kitchen at 422 South Broad near Tulane Avenue. Your physical and mental health will thank you.

http://www.libertyskitchen.org/files/LIBERTY__S_KITCHEN_CAFE_MENU.pdf

Liberty’s Kitchen Café and Coffee House – A Product with a Purpose

Our retail establishment at 422½ South Broad offers an espresso bar serving Starbucks® coffee and espresso beverages as well as a full service kitchen serving breakfast and lunch – all giving our students the opportunity to learn basic barista and culinary skills in a real life setting. Everything at Liberty’s Kitchen is made “from scratch” – from our pastries to salad dressings to soups and stocks. Not only does this give our customers a quality dining experience, but Chef Reggie Davis has designed our menu with an eye for training opportunities