Coolinary Specials at Seaworthy and Josephine Estelle at Ace Hotel NOLA

During the month of August, experience cuisine that delights your palate and is an integral part of the history, fabric and culture of New Orleans. This annual culinary tradition features specially priced prix-fixe menus. Enjoy 2-course lunches for $20 or less, and 3-course dinners and brunches for $39 or less.

Set in a classic Creole cottage from 1832, Seaworthy is an oyster bar and seafood restaurant from executive chef Justin Koslowsky. In the lush outdoor patio, guests can enjoy half off all oysters and $2 off Seaworthy’s daily punch and classic cocktails during week day happy hour. 
For Coolinary, Chef Justin is offering a special three course dinner menu for $39, with the option of a wine pairing for $15. Details below:
  • First course
    • Covey Rise Farm Greens with oyster cracker, panna gratta and a parmesan vinaigrette. Paired with a Raventós Sparkling Rose.
  • Second course
    • Charbroiled Oysters featuring three wild Gulf oysters with a Piment D’Espelette butter and lemon. Paired with Oysterman Muscadet.
  • Third course
    • Scallops with creamed corn, marinated rapini and pistachio. I have paired with La Coeur de la Reine Gamay.
Josephine Estelle:
Josephine Estelle is the Italian by-way-of-American-South restaurant from James Beard award-winning chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman (also of Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Hog & Hominy and Porcellino’s Craft Butcher in Memphis) in collaboration with executive chef Chris Borges. 
For Coolinary, chefs will be offering a special brunch menu for $25, and a dinner menu for $30. Sharing details below:
Brunch MenuFirst course:

    • Yogurt and Granola with house-made yogurt, pecans, oats, honey, strawberry and citrus.
    • Baby Iceberg with carrots, radish, cherry tomato and green goddess.
  • Second course:
    • Quiche with roasted eggplant, summer squash and cherry tomato.
    • Fried Chicken Biscuit with calabrian honey butter, dill pickles and farm greens.
    • BBQ Shrimp and Grits with cheddar grits, gulf white shrimp, tasso ham and green onions.
  • Third Course:
    • Chocolate GelatoSeasonal Sorbet
Dinner Menu

  • First Course:
    • Baby Iceberg with carrots, radish, cherry tomato and green goddess.
    • Heirloom Tomatoes with green chickpea, green bean, olive and ricotta salata.
  • Second Course:
    • Josephine Estelle Fried Chicken with a calabrian vinaigrette and Italian furikake.
    • Meatballs with guanciale, tomato and parmesan.
  • Third Course:
    • Anolini with eggplant, zucchini, pistachio and cherry tomato.
    • Cavetelli with duck confit, chard, mushroom xo and pecorino.
About Ace Hotel New Orleans
Since opening in 2016, Ace Hotel New Orleans has established itself as an essential part of New Orleans culture, with its popular in-house music venue Three Keys, its two acclaimed restaurants Josephine Estelle (an osteria helmed by James Beard Award-nominated chefs) and Seaworthy (an intimate oyster bar with an extensive cocktail program). Spring also marks the seasonal opening of Ace Hotel’s rooftop pool, where guests can also enjoy the restaurant and garden, Alto. Centrally located right on the cusp of New Orleans’ downtown core alongside art galleries, shopping, restaurants and museums and in a beautiful nine-story 1928 Art Deco building, Ace Hotel is a stone’s throw away from many of New Orleans’ best gems. 

A native of New Orleans, who left her beloved New Orleans to spend twenty years of living in the land of Minnesota Not So Nice. Minnesota was full of opportunities but would learn that the soul of the state and the people who made it was just as icy cold as the temperatures. After the years and my 40th birthday flew by, I decided it was time to pack up my youngest child and come back to my roots, my birthplace the city that not only birthed me but gave me life. I would not be who I am without my New Orleans beginnings. I am all things that would challenge the belief of growing up in New Orleans. I was a 16yr old teen mother of a premature baby born with a severe medical disability. And only With the help of my mother, was it possible for me to BE! I was able to endure and survive the obstacles laid before my child and me. In a city that was built by my family, but did not allow for us to reap the benefits I overcame. Charity Hospital was my second home — a building filled with miracle workers who made it possible for my daughter to have life. I have lived a life of rainy days with peeks of sunshine, that are my children, including those not of my womb. I'm the proud mother of three and a grandmother of three. My dream was to live the life of the nursery rhyme of ”The Old Lady Who lived in a shoe,” and for the most part, I did. I cared for several children over the years as a special needs foster parent. I would learn that my love was not enough for some children, but I loved them through their pain. I'm not sure if I ever had a case of true love or came close to what love looks like on television, but I had my share of men and the mirage of love. I survived two abusive marriages. Though I longed to return to New Orleans on a daily bases, I must admit my move was one of the best decisions made for me. I am a college graduate; I was a successful entrepreneur. I coowned a soul food restaurant and catering company in Minnesota for 12 years. I developed the talent of creating custom cakes after the murder of my beloved cousin Melvin Paul. He survived Katrina only to go to Minneapolis six months later to be murdered over a parking spot dispute. But with the challenge of creating a simple wedding cake, I was able to find healing. I created the House of Cakes in honor of him. Minnesota life had me pretty materialistic. I worked to the point I do not remember much, but work and handing my children love money. I thought by having the big house on the hill, a husband, having a family, the ultimate provider and being involved in all things that matter, plus having the funds to match would cure me of what I was told was a generational curse of lack of everything from money, love to even self-love. But for the most part, that life poisoned my heart and soul. I was blinded by visions fed to me by the media. I was told I wasn't anything unless I was better than the Jones's. I lived being ok with a broken, bleeding heart. Life like this did not exist in my family while living in New Orleans from what I viewed with my eyes and soul. We may not have had all the things I acquired over the years, but we were happy, we were together. Family outside of New Orleans wasn't family anymore. We lived separate lives and had awkward moments when we bumped into each other in public. I hated living in Minnesota even though life their helped me in so many ways. I felt deep down the only way to repair it was to get back to my roots, my soul, my home, myself, my New Orleans. I'm here, and I love it. Even being in the so-called Blighted Area of New Orleans and not having all the financial and material security, I'm happy. I am determined that She, yes, New Orleans is a woman is just like me; together, we will overcome and will rise from all that tried to kill our spirit. Nothing like starting from the bottom and making your way back up!. I just know in my heart that New Orleans will provide for me. There's a bank account with funds in it owed to me by way of back pay for my ancestors. And I will receive my inheritance, and I will continue the traditions and customs of the old to keep the heartbeat of New Orleans beating. I'm down in the boot, living the life that feels right to me awaiting my destiny...

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