First New Orleans ‘Parade of Cuisine’ Set for August 2005; New Orleans Stakes Its Claim as the ‘Cool’-inary Capital of the World

NEW ORLEANS, June 17 /PRNewswire/ — The New Orleans Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau (NOMCVB) announced today its creation of the first New Orleans Restaurant Month “Parade of Cuisine” (www.neworleansrestaurantmonth.com ) for August 2005.

“This event formalizes New Orleans’ recognition as the ‘cool’-inary capital of the world,” said Stephen Perry, president and CEO of the NOMCVB. “Our cuisine is incomparable.”

The restaurant celebration is a natural fit for a city whose cuisine is an integral part of its history, fabric and culture. It is expected to be a cultural mainstay for many years to come.

“When New Orleans is mentioned anywhere on the globe, mouths water and dreamy gazes follow,” Perry said. “Our renowned, eclectic restaurant community offers a melange of tastes, flavors and spicy influences that have made our cuisine the city’s most powerful brand.

“In the one American city where the celebrities are the chefs, New Orleans Restaurant Month will become a world famous celebration of our incredible cuisine, the chefs who create it and the restaurants that offer it,” Perry added.

Participating restaurants will offer special three-course lunch menus for $20.05 (signifying New Orleans Restaurant Month’s inaugural year) and three- course dinner menus for $30.05 throughout the month.

Jim Funk, CEO of the Louisiana Restaurant Association, commented on his excitement about the event. “New Orleans Restaurant Month highlights our unparalleled lineup of restaurants on a national scale. I see this event growing to something that foodies around the world look forward to each year,” Funk said.

Participating restaurants include:

Alex Patout’s Louisiana Restaurant Gordon Biersch
Andrea’s Restaurant Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville
Antoine’s Restaurant K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen
Arnaud’s Restaurant Mr. B’s Bistro
Asian Cajun Bistro Nirvana Indian Cuisine
Bacc NOLA
Begues at the Royal Sonesta Palace Cafe
Bombay Club Pascal’s Manale
Bourbon House Ralph’s on the Park
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Red Fish Grill
Cafe Adelaide Remoulade
Cafe Sbisa Restaurant August
Chateaubriand Steakhouse Rib Room
Court of Two Sisters Ristorante Carmelo
Commander’s Palace Roth’s Steakhouse Restaurant & Bar
Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse Sugar House at Embassy Suites
Emeril’s The Pelican Club
Emeril’s Delmonico Tujague’s Restaurant
French Market Restaurant & Bar Upperline Restaurant
Zoe Restaurant and Bar

More restaurants are expected to join the parade. Visit www.neworleansrestaurantmonth.com for event updates and the latest information on participating restaurants.

The NOMCVB has also partnered with Citadel Broadcasting, who will be the official sponsor of the first week of New Orleans Restaurant Month “Parade of Cuisine” and will promote the event via their radio outlets.

About the NOMCVB

Since 1960, the New Orleans Metropolitan Conventions and Visitors Bureau (www.neworleanscvb.com ) has been the driving force behind New Orleans’ most important industry-tourism. Nationally recognized for superior customer service, it represents more than 1,200 members and provides convention services and visitor information for business travelers and vacationers. Last year, New Orleans welcomed a record-breaking 10.1 million visitors to one of America’s favorite destinations, generating $4.9 billion in revenue for the region. The North American Travel Journalists Association honored the NOMCVB as the Most Media-Friendly CVB.

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