Over the weekend some fellow classmates from Spring Hill College and I celebrated the 25 anniversary of a friend of ours who celebated his 25th anniversary being a Jesuit priest. We started the evening with a vigil Mass in the beautiful little Chapel in the Jesuit residence at Jesuit High School. Then we piled in our cars and headed down to the French Quarter to have dinner at Antoine’s. It’s been years since I’ve had dinner there so I was looking forward to it.
We gathered in the 1840 room which the waiter told us the THE room where the owner’s family has their dinners. 1840 because that was the year Antoine’s was founded and after 170 years in business it’s still owned by the same family although the name has changed from Alciatore to Guste.
The walls were adorned with faded paintings of past family members. History exudes from the place. There is nothing fancy about the room but it’s the feel of authenticity that grabs you. We stared with appetizers of several different styles of oysters: Rockefeller, Bienville, Couche, Thermidor. And some delicious shrimp Roumelade. There was much oohing and aahing.
For the main course I had a light, flakey trout amandine. Much red and white wine was passed around. Some jokes, a lot of laughter and some great conversation was also on the bill of fare. But that was gratis. Then for dessert we had a baked Alaska with the creamiest meringue I’ve ever had.
After what seemed to be only a short time, we were actually there for about 3 hours, we left Antoine’s and headed on over to the newly refurbished Roosevelt Hotel and into the Sazerac Bar. It was packed, let me tell you. I had a sip of a Sazerac that one of our group had ordered. I had two or three. Well, it was actually more like ten, sips, that is. And let me tell you, that was the best Sazerac I’ve ever had. It was smooth, bright and delicious.
It was time to go, we all said our goodbyes, some of our party had actually come in from out of town, and on my way out I met a famous New Orleans singing icon. I’ll write about that in a following post. What a perfect end to a wonderful evening.