Ella Brennan, owner of Commander’s Palace and doyenne of the New Orleans restaurant community, had wanted to win the Grand Award from Wine Spectator magazine for a very long time. When that happened in 2013, she gave full credit to the restaurant’s wine director, Dan Davis. On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Davis about how a Mississippi boy got into the world of wine.
In a city known for fine restaurants, Commander’s Palace is both a New Orleans legend and an ever-evolving enterprise, as revered behind the scenes among chefs and service industry workers as it is to the dining public.
On this edition of Out to Lunch owner/managers/cousins Lally Brennan and Ti Martin share the Commander's culture.
Fine wines exploded in popularity during the 1980's and 90's, and soon after there was a proliferation of mirco-breweries in America. Now, the demand for specialty cocktails has surged across the country. Nobody understands that more than Commander's Palace's Ti Martin, who'll step up to the microphone on this week's Notes from New Orleans.