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The Virtual Dinner Party

The next day was brunch at Tableau, Dickie Brennan’s new restaurant (yes, another local restaurant “empire”), located in a space carved out of Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré. Dating from 1916, Le Petit had fallen on hard times and was near closing. Selling the corner chunk (upstairs and down) of their facility’s prime real estate overlooking Jackson Square enabled Le Petit to survive (up next month: “Merrily We Roll Along”), and after extensive renovations, Tableau opened in 2013. The downstairs on one side is accessible to the street and on the other, to an intimate interior courtyard. The second-floor rooms open onto a wrap-around balcony with views to Jackson Square. Having gone to Tableau’s opening, we were impressed and eager to go back for a sit-down meal. Our foursome converged for Sunday brunch — it’s an easy walk from the Monteleone where our friends always stay — and we were led through the main room downstairs, where a jazz combo was playing, up to a beautiful, paneled room, entirely green (an inside joke?) and reminiscent of a grand salon in Paris.

 

The menu is a predictable New Orleans brunch — milk punch (bourbon or brandy? we had bourbon), shrimp rémoulade, gumbo, eggs Benedict, BBQ shrimp and grits, –- and predictably excellent. Service was great, on par with other restaurants in this “empire.” Until other diners and the jazz combo arrived to liven things up, the room was quiet enough for conspiratorial conversation. This quartet, composed of local musicians (Evan Christopher, clarinet; Wendell Brunious, trumpet; Seva Vernet, banjo, and Roland Guerin, bass) who were later playing at the festival or flying off to Europe for a gig, graciously accommodated and flawlessly rendered our guest’s request for an obscure New Orleans jazz classic (Wendell: “Lemme think…man, you know some stuff if you ax for that, I haven’t played it in years…”). They closed out their set with “Do you know what it means…?”, and Post-K, that always brings a tear or two. [N. B.: “Hey Mister Producer/I’m talking to you, sir”: these guys should be at Lincoln Center!]

 

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Lake Douglas 

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