If you can’t wait to have a good time with the festive arrival of Mardi Gras on March 1, you don’t have to leave town to savor some of New Orleans’ best cuisine. For a limited time, a favorite local chef serves up the flavors of the Crescent City in San Antonio. Who is it ? Celebrity chef Steve McHugh, of course.
Starting Friday, January 14 and through Friday, January 28, McHugh will liven up the menu at Landrace – the signature restaurant at the chef-run Thompson San Antonio Hotel – transforming it from a menu focused on Lone Star to one that accent authentic New Orleans cuisine.
The Exclusive Taste of New Orleans for two weeks is inspired by McHugh’s time in Crescent City, where finalist for the James Beard Award developed many of his culinary skills and worked in some of the most notable restaurant kitchens in the world. town and with legendary restaurateurs including Dickie Brennan. and Ralph Brennan.
Featuring a menu filled with “epicurean masterpieces,” the McHugh’s NOLA-inspired menu aims to embody the cornerstones of New Orleans haute cuisine.
“It’s easy to draw inspiration from the old guard of restaurants like Antoine’s, Arnaud’s and Brennan’s, but I also look forward to sharing my own progressive approach here at Landrace,” says McHugh.
As part of the two-week stay, McHugh will present a Landrace menu of 14 unique dishes from his past repertoire in New Orleans.
His modern take on NOLA classics will include turtle soup with sherry gastric; Pontchartrain trout with wild mushrooms, crab meat, Hollandaise sauce and pecan rice; Blood sausage Gribiche balls and bread and butter pickles; seafood okra with popcorn rice; House salad with endives, heirloom tomatoes, bacon, cornbread croutons and brown butter vinaigrette; crayfish and tasso gnocchi; and honey-glazed smoked duck confit with escarole, radicchio, pecans and red wine vinaigrette.
And, of course, it wouldn’t be a real New Orleans treat without dessert. Among McHugh’s sweet treats will be a chocolate pecan and chocolate rye pie.
As the Landrace Grill will be undergoing maintenance during the two-week NOLA Festival, the regular full menu will not be offered. But who cares when you can dine instead of the New Orleans cuisine cooked by McHugh?
Visit the Landrace website for reservations.