New Orleans Wine And Food
Experience Vintner Dinners, 2013
The most formal program during the upcoming New Orleans Wine And Food Experience is what happens the evening of Wednesday, May 22. Thirty-eight dinners take place around town. Each is attended by the wines and a representative of a major winery Sometimes (not often enough, frankly), it’s the winemaker or even the owner. All the dinners go off at the same time; all are cooked by local chefs exclusively. That alone speaks volumes about the strength of the fine-dining community in New Orleans.
They’re exciting evenings of food and wine–so much so that a few of the dinners sold out weeks ago. In most cases, that happens because many attendees go to the same restaurant for their vintner dinner, year after year. But the fabulosity of the wines can explain the sellouts, too.
The prices for these dinners ranges from $75 to $150, inclusive of tax and tip. Reservations are made directly with the restaurants. A list of all the restaurants with these wine dinners can be had at the NOW&FE website.
I’ve looked over all the dinners for which menus are available (the restaurants, the NOW&FE people, or both are laggard about disseminating this information, as usual) and selected the twelve dinners that I think most likely to be the best. Left out: dinners that are already booked up (!), and those that didn’t publish their menus.