The CurAte dinner party this week was brought to you by French Quarter Cafe located on Spring St just off of 490. French Quarter features the cuisine of New Orleans and some other regional comfort food classics. This has been a staple of the community for quite a long time and the go to spot when you’re craving that spice and savory punch.
This meal was selected by the head chef and featured dishes that define the term comfort food. Customers dove into catfish strips and hot style chicken along with a classic version of jambalaya. Sides of coleslaw, collards, and sweet potato casserole rounded things out and we know you were satisfied with that impactful group!
With this selection there may have been a need to give the catfish and the hot chicken an extra blast of heat. We recommended that customes have an oven preheated to 350 °F and a wire rack ready to spread the food out on.
Make sure to check out French Quarter Cafe at 130 Spring Street for dinner in their stunning dining room or grab some takeout if you want to try these dishes again or explore more of one of America’s great regional cuisines.
For those that joined us for pickup we thank our friends at The Historic German House and hope you took advantage of our pairing purchase option on site!
- Wine: I would recommend stopping by a quality wine shop and asking for a lighter bodied Rioja from Spain or a lightly oaked or stainless Cabernet franc if you’re staying local in the FLX. Both offer some notable balanced fruity flavors and should work well with the punchy flavor you’ll be jumping into tonight. You can find one from places like Parkway, Pinnacle or Baytowne or your favorite well stocked store.
- Beer: Alongside a house beer option, we will be highlighting a fascinating beer from Strangebird located in the old Abundance Market on Marshall St. The Strangeman is a black lager with lime made in collaboration with Thin Man out of Buffalo that works exceptionally with food. We are re-running the Strangeman this event since we think the dark flavors and citrus will work well with the savory and lightly spicy meal.
- Cocktail: If you’d like a cocktail, I’d recommend go for a cocktail lightly influenced by absinthe like a vieux carré or a Sazerac. Both can be made with different spirit bases but if you have absinthe this is the time to break it out and rinse your day away!