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NEW HAPPENINGS AT LE FORET
NOLA's Elegant Culinary Gem Introduces New Menu & Cocktails
Le Foret opened its doors in 2009 and has since been one of New Orleans' most upscale fine-dining destinations. Plating French and Creole inspired contemporary cuisine, Le Foret has earned rave reviews and accolades over its five year course by impressing diners with its flawless balance of New Orleans hospitality and haute cuisine. The restaurant is housed in a historic four-story Central Business District building in downtown New Orleans, just a block away from the bustle that is the French Quarter. Le Foret has introduced an array of tantalizing new seasonal menu items, artisanal libations and unique innovations to complement its existing, sophisticated surroundings.
"We're thrilled with our successes at Le Foret, but with that said, we're not one to rest on our laurels," says Ryan O'Dwyer, General Manager. "We're excited about all of the new elements that we've recently introduced, and are eager for guests to enjoy them," adds Luke Smith, Director of Operations.
Since joining the team in 2011, Executive Chef Brandon Felder has created and skillfully executed a menu focused on modern seasonal cuisine with Creole influences and French technique. A Commander's Palace alum and former sous chef at Stella!, Felder's dinner menu at Le Foret features many of his signature dishes inspired by his New Orleans' roots and passion for using locally sourced fresh ingredients. "All of the produce we use is Louisiana grown," explains Felder. "It's important for us to work closely with the local farms to ensure quality, home-bred cuisine for our guests to enjoy." Elevating the already elegant and refined dining experience at Le Foret, the restaurant has recently become the first in the city to offer and introduce digital, interactive menu tablets featuring Tastevin - an integrated program that provides guests with user-friendly services including suggested wine pairings, plate images and ordering method.
Complementing the already seasoned menu, Felder has included an array of new offerings perfect for the spring and summer seasons including Seared Snapper with Covey Rise ratatouille, jumbo lump crab meat in a corn cream sauce ($36); Oven Roasted Grouper served with zucchini squash, lima beans, corn, tarragon beurre blanc with basil oil ($34); and Kurobuta Pork Chop with Andouille truffle hash, Covey Rise butter poached carrots and Tuscan kale with peppercorn demi-glace ($38). Not to be missed are Le Foret's signature favorites including La Belle Farms Foie Gras with seasonal fruit purees and pecan butter ($18); Louisiana BBQ Shrimp served with a fried grit cake and Abita beer BBQ sauce ($13); Lobster Salad - basil aioli, Louisiana citrus, frisee, arugula, baby radish and bowfin caviar ($15); Soft Shell Crab Crusted in Cornmeal - Louisiana crawfish corn maque choux, wild arugula and cherry tomato salad with Creole mustard emulsion ($30); and Leek and Shiitake Tortellini - feta stuffed tortellini, sautéed beech mushrooms, artichoke with a pan tomato sauce ($26).
New Happenings at Le Foret
Those looking to indulge in a lavish dining experience can opt for the Chef's Tasting Menu which frequently rotates to reflect the freshest ingredients available. Priced at $65 per person, diners can enjoy the delectable four-course meal currently offered starting with a luxurious appetizer such as Oysters and Caviar - cornmeal dusted, lightly fried oysters in a truffle aioli with Manchac Louisiana river basin ghost pepper bowfin caviar. The second course offers such delightful creations such as Sweetbreads with red beet puree, oven roasted beets, Brussels sprouts with a veal demi. Third course includes Seared Beef Tenderloin served with Covey Rise farms root vegetables, baby lima beans, oven roasted fingerling potatoes with a veal demi. Finishing on a sweet note, diners can savor a Chocolate Coffee Mousse - chocolate cake, cherry reduction with a chicory coffee mist. As if this wasn't already a sweet deal, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays guests can order the Chef's Tasting Menu at a discounted price of 25%; optional wine pairing is also available for $40 supplement.
Perfect for pre or post dinner cocktail, guests can take a seat at the cozy 12-seat bar and sip and savor a selection of original and classic craft cocktails created by newly-appointed mixologist Chris Benton, who hails from the chic bar at SoBou. Cocktails include Cucumber Collins - fresh citrus, St. Germain, Hendricks gin, topped with soda water ($12); Death in the Afternoon - a champagne cocktail made with Kubler Absinthe ($15); Industry Sour - equal parts Fernet Branca, Chartreuse Green, lime juice and simple syrup ($12); and Vesper - 007's drink of choice made with Ciroc vodka, fresh lime juice and house made ginger beer ($14). Imbibers can also order glasses of whites or reds from Le Foret's award-winning, extensive wine list without committing to a full bottle with the sleek and innovative Coravin wine system.
In partnership with NOLA fine art gallery, Gallery Orange, Le Foret now boasts one-of-a-kind abstract, figurative, folk and pop art inspired paintings and drawings by local and international artists. Including works by Jason Horton and Louis St. Lewis, the 20 piece collection will be displayed in the restaurant's spacious, yet intimate 110-seat dining room for guests to enjoy as well as purchase. Those looking for an al fresco dining experience can opt for dinner on the rooftop terrace with sweeping views of the Quarter and an on-site herb garden.
Le Foret, located at 129 Camp Street, serves dinner Monday - Thursday, 5:30 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Sundays. Complimentary valet and ample street parking is available. For more information or reservations, please call (504) 553-6738 or visit http://www.leforetneworleans.com/.
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