While in New Orleans for Virtual School Symposium this week I had an amazing meal at Emeril’s Delmonico in Uptown. Every bite was delicious and tasted exactly how I imagine traditional creole food. Our group got to eat in a private room which was only accessible through the main kitchen. I walked slowly hoping to catch a glimpse of the man made famous with his enthusiastic “Bam” on one of the first real popular cooking shows.
The meal began with passed apps like jerk chicken bites and fried mac and cheese (pictured below). Of course amazing red wine paired perfectly with the meal as well.
After the passed appetizers our group of 45 people were seated to begin a four-course creole sensation.
Chicken and sausage gumbo. My dad loved this dish! It had a deep flavor and plenty of meat.
BBQ shrimp and cheesy grits were my favorite bites of the night. The BBQ sauce had a smoky sweet flavor that I’m guessing can be attributed to molasses, brown sugar and cayenne pepper.
The marinated cucumbers, manchego cheese and sliced almonds were a great cool down after two rich opening dishes.
Chicken smothered in Emeril’s famous creole sauce over a bed of rice paired with bacon and green beans.
A huge filet paired with veggies and romesco sauce was a nice light addition to this menu.
What’s better than a perfectly cooked filet mignon? A filet topped with smoked brisket over a bed of creole style mashed potatoes and gravy. I ate every bite and nearly licked this plate.
Just when I thought I could not eat another bite, they brought out chocolate creme brulee topped with fresh berries. The crack of the sugar crust paired with creamy chocolate was an excellent way to end this fabolous meal. If you make it to New Orleans- Delmonico is a must visit!