March 25, 2010
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Emeril's Restaurant in New Orleans!
Posted by MSLO Blogger
Tomorrow, Emeril's restaurant celebrates 20 years in business at 800 Tchoupitoulas (that's pronounced "chop it TOO las") Street in New Orleans. Today we welcomed friends, staff, partners, and even one well-known customer to share their favorite memories.
Check out our guest photos below, then take the party home with you: Download the FREE Emeril's 20th Anniverary Cookbook here! We've got all Chef's favorites, from Barbecue Shrimp to Banana Cream Pie, plus a few cocktails for good measure!
1 Minutes before the show begins, Chef Emeril waits for his cue.
2 First guest: Eric Linquest, who founded the restaurant with Emeril in 1990 and is now president of the entire company.
3 We snacked on buttermilk biscuits fresh from the oven. (It is the South, y'all, come on!)
4 Chef David Slater looked relaxed while discussing the menus of the years, though he had a hectic time serving it up during last night's very busy dinner service.
5 Chef enjoyed talking to callers about his favorite Cajun dishes.
6 Sommelier Ray Gumpert started at the restaurant as a dishwasher, and now oversees an award-winning wine list with 1,600 selections.
7 Who dat? It's #91, Defensive End Will Smith of the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints. His favorite dish on the Emeril's menu is the chicken breast.
8 Chef is a little bit of a Saints fan.
9 General Manager Kevin Delaune has worked with Chef Emeril for 24 years, back to his days at Commander's Palace. He told us tales of famous guests like Frank Sinatra, who demanded pasta with red sauce and french fries...and then made off with the silverware!
10 Executive Director Kristin Shannon and Board Member Mark Romig from the Emeril Lagasse Foundation let us know how the nonprofit ensures that the communities around Emeril's restaurants share in his success.
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