N.O. native, LSU grad bringing ‘fun’ menu

Photo provided by Hotel Monteleone -- Randy Buck, executive chef of Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, shows off the trophy he received for being named the American Culinary Federation New Orleans Chapter's 2013 Chef of the Year.
Photo provided by Hotel Monteleone -- Randy Buck, executive chef of Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, shows off the trophy he received for being named the American Culinary Federation New Orleans Chapter's 2013 Chef of the Year.

NEW ORLEANS — Café Adelaide & The Swizzle Stick Bar, at the Loews New Orleans, 300 Poydras St., has appointed Carl Schaubhut executive chef.

Chef Schaubhut has been a part of the Commander’s Palace culinary team since 2010.

“I’m excited to bring the spirit of Adelaide Brennan, the restaurant’s namesake, to life,” Schaubhut said. “I am creating a menu that is fun, exciting and ever-changing, just like Adelaide.”

Schaubhut plans dishes such as seared tuna pissaladiere, watermelon mojito salad, and cracklin’ crusted duck confit with pepper jelly. A Louisiana native and graduate of LSU, Schaubhut says chef Tory McPhail, executive chef of Commander’s Palace, is his mentor and culinary inspiration.

“Carl is a Louisiana mutt, growing up with family from Des Allemands to Ponchatoula, and attending high school at Jesuit in New Orleans,” said Commander’s Palace co-proprietor Lally Brennan. “He doesn’t know if his gumbo should have rice or potato salad or nothing.”

Café Adelaide & The Swizzle Stick Bar was founded in 2004 and is part of the Commander’s Family of Restaurants, which also includes Commander’s Palace, SoBou, Brennan’s of Houston and Bistro Alex in Houston.

The cafe offers breakfast daily, lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and dinner from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Brunch with “hatitude” is served 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Wear a hat and receive three cocktails on the house. The Swizzle Stick Bar is open 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

New Voodoo BBQ in BR

A VooDoo BBQ and Grill location has opened at 10000 Perkins Rowe, Baton Rouge, next to the movie theater in the Perkins Rowe Center.

Brad Smith and Joe Scardino own and operate the newest location, along with the VooDoo BBQ and Grill on Drusilla Lane in Baton Rouge.

The restaurant franchise began in 2002 in New Orleans and has 54 operating and licensed locations and development sites in Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida, a news release said.

Kingfish restaurant in N.O.

NEW ORLEANS — Kingfish, a new restaurant from Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, has opened at 337 Chartres St. with former Gabrielle chef-owner Greg Sonnier as executive chef, Shad Stearns as general manager and Chris McMillan as bartender.

Sonnier, a veteran New Orleans chef who trained under chefs Paul Prudhomme and Frank Brigtsen, will feature a menu of Louisiana-centric items such as seared salt block Gulf fish, fried boneless stuffed whole fish and Shrimp Gaufre with sweet potato waffles topped with barbecue shrimp.

McMillan is a Louisiana native who was named New Orleans Magazine’s Best Bartender in 2012.

The restaurant takes its name from the nickname of former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Huey P. Long and seats 110 with a 35-seat bar.

Kingfish is open for dinner seven days a week and a daily lunch will be added later.

PJ’s Coffee opening

NEW ORLEANS — PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans has opened a new location below the historic Jackson Square Pontalba Apartments, 630 Chartres St.

Built in 1840, the Pontalba Apartments are a National Historic Landmark and the oldest apartment buildings in the United States.

The PJ’s location will feature a wide selection of beverages and foods, a news release said. The Chartres Street location will be open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

PJ’S Coffee of New Orleans was founded in 1978 by Phyllis Jordan.

Visit http://www.pjscoffee.com.