Time to Jazz It Up

New Orleans Jazz Fest is coming up soon (nojazzfest.com). Our friend and sometimes traveling companion, novelist Julie Smith, a resident of the French Quarter, has been trying to get us to the Fest for years. Alas, The Chef and The Wine Chap always seem to be tangled up in events during Jazz Fest.

©2012 Ron Scherl

©2012 Ron Scherl

So The Chef has put together a Jazz Fest DIY menu for all of us who can’t make the scene.

Right, just create your own Jazz Fest. Put an Irma Thomas CD on the player, tuck in your napkin, open another bottle of rosé and let the good times roll!

You can throw a Jazz Fest party and do the whole menu or pick and choose your favorite bits.


*Pepper jelly and cheese crostini

*Cheese grits topped with NO style bbq shrimp


*Grilled oysters with anchovy butter

*Fried chicken with remoulade sauce

*Mini muffuletta sandwiches


*Chopped hearts of romaine with heirloom tomatoes and creamy lemon confit dressing

*Grilled seasonal vegetables

*Creole spice rubbed and grilled wild salmon with sweet and sour corn relish

*Chicken and andouille sausage jambalaya

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