On this edition of the NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias, we welcome local author, Sarah Baird. We discuss her new book New Orleans Cocktails: Over 100 Drinks from the Sultry Streets and Balconies of the Big Easy. We then welcome Robért LeBlanc of the LeBlanc+Smith restaurant group and Sean Josephs, owner of Kenton’s. We continue our conversation on the state of the restaurant business in New Orleans and beyond.

Pictured above from left – Bryan Dias of NOLADrinks, Sean Josephs of Kenton’s, and Robért LeBlanc of LeBlanc+Smith.

NOLADrinks – 3-30-17 – Author Sarah Baird and the Restaurant Business Part 2

We start the show rounding up a couple of upcoming events happening in and around town. We then talk about the previous weekend’s trio of inaugural food and drink events. We mention our recent written piece about all three of them, which we covered. You can see that here.

Local author Sarah Baird (pictured at left) then joins the show. She recently put out a new book called New Orleans Cocktails: Over 100 Drinks from the Sultry Streets and Balconies of the Big Easy. We talk about the book and what makes it different from the other cocktail books, including those that highlight New Orleans out there. She talks about how there is a comparison of some of the classics and contemporary interpretations by some of the talented bartenders working in the city today.

We chat about the line walked between the need to know and execute the classics yet still being creative behind the bar. We also discuss some current trends with alcohol production around the city and Southeast Louisiana. Lastly, we mention some of the local book purveyors and other sources for finding her book.

In the second hour of the show, Robért LeBlanc of the LeBlanc+Smith restaurant group – which operates Sylvain, Meauxbar, Cavan, and Barrel Proof – and Sean Josephs, owner of Kenton’s, comes on with us. We continue our ongoing conversation about the state of the restaurant business in New Orleans and beyond with a particular focus on independent sit-down establishments.

We talk about certain cost-centers, ways to be innovative, margins, managing liquor lists and programs, the no-tip model, and more. It’s an interesting conversation on some of the challenges and opportunities these types of restaurants have. Of course, these guys both brought in a couple good bottles of wine to enjoy during the chat (that’s what we do!) If you’re interested in hearing the first round on this topic from January 26, 2017, you can catch the podcast here. We will be revisiting this topic with Robért and Sean soon.

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Cheers, You All!