Menu: Saturday Lunch

Red Fish Grill
Grilled gulf shrimp and blackened avocado po-boy- award winning sandwich at the NOLA Po'Boy Fest!
Crab bisque

Royal House Restaurant
Raw oyster & shrimp bar with cocktail, remoulade, and pesto vinaigrette

Parkway Bakery
Slow cooked corned beef brisket on French with horseradish mayonnaise
Stewed turkey and alligator sausage gumbo

Riverfront Restaurant
Shrimp and jambalaya grits

Pierre Maspero's
Oyster po-boy with spinach, artichokes and lemon thai aioli- award winning sandwich at the NOLA Po'Boy Fest!

Pier 424 Seafood Restaurant
Crawfish cake slider


Featured Chef: Tenney Flynn of GW Fins!

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“The most exciting aspect of running the kitchen at GW Fins is working with our distributors to source the finest seafood from around the globe,” says Tenney Flynn, Executive Chef and Co-Owner of GW Fins. “I have developed relationships with dozens of suppliers, some of whom specialize in sourcing one type of seafood from one area. Every morning I am on the phone with each of these suppliers, and I buy nothing but local Yellowfin Tuna from one, scallops from another, soft shell crabs and crab meat from a third, and so on.”

This principal is the foundation of Chef Flynn’s restaurant, GW Fins, which he co-owns with Ruth’s Chris alumni, Gary Wollerman. The concept is simple. GW Fins offers guests the absolute finest and freshest seafood that is available from all corners of the world. Whether it is Salmon from Ireland, Spanner Crab from Australia, or Turbot from Chile, guests will have the opportunity to sample wonderful seafood from all over the world.

“My culinary philosophy is that if you are working with seafood that already has wonderful flavor, the cooking techniques should enhance these flavors rather than overwhelm them,” states Flynn.

Growing up cooking in his father’s restaurant in Stone Mountain, Georgia, Flynn developed an innate understanding of Southern food and culinary traditions. From there he received his formal training at the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park. Chef Flynn officially began his fine dining career with Atlanta’s esteemed Buckhead Life Group, cooking at such famed restaurants as Pano’s and Paul’s, Fishmarket at Lenox and finally as Executive Chef of Chops. Ruth’s Chris Steak House then recruited his talents as the company’s Director of Culinary Operations, a position he held for seven years.

His role as Co-Owner and Executive Chef of GW Fins is extremely hands-on. Chef Flynn is involved in every aspect of the restaurant from selecting and receiving the seafood, creating and testing all of the recipes, supervising the entire kitchen staff and staying in the kitchen until the last entrée of the evening is served.

“It is a lot of fun to offer people the opportunity to enjoy seafood from other regions, varieties that they probably have never tasted before,” states Chef Flynn. “I enjoy serving the types of foods that I’ve prepared over the years, like Fried Lobster Tail and Smoked Oysters, having guests enjoy them as much as I do.” GW Fins is located in New Orleans at 808 Bienville Street (504/581-3467). Please visit their website at for additional information.

Featured Speaker: Steve Ellis!

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We're happy to welcome Steve Ellis, of Rouxbe, as speaker on the Video panel at IFBC New Orleans!

Steve is a veteran of Vancouver's bustling film industry. He manages the day-to-day operations at Rouxbe, so we can keep the camera's rolling.

In addition to his production and operational roles at Rouxbe, Steve oversees Rouxbe's affiliate program and social media efforts, managing relationships with food bloggers and publishers from around the world. He also helps develop and implement strategic plans, including tracking mechanisms and metrics that ensure Rouxbe stays on course and ahead of other major players in the food space.

Featured Speaker: Jay Ducote!

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Much-loved Louisiana native, Jay Ducote, will be speaking in the Writing about Food and Culture session at IFBC New Orleans!

Jay Ducote is a talented writer, an avid traveler, a philanthropist when he gets the chance, an entrepreneur at times, and one heck of a good guy. He is the author of the food blog Bite and Booze, which chronicles his culinary and indulgent cultural experiences as he eats and drinks in South Louisiana and around the world. He also produces and hosts the Bite and Booze Radio Show presented by Calandro's Supermarket where he interviews local chefs and other food personalities, discusses restaurants and culinary events, and much more. He also co-hosts a radio program called "Raise a Glass" which features history, culture, production, and enjoyment of alcoholic beverages. Jay served as the chairman on the charter board of directors for the Baton Rouge Social Media Association whose mission is to promote Baton Rouge to both its citizens and potential visitors through blogs and new media. In May 2011 the Baton Rouge Advocate declared, "If there is a king of the local food-blogging community, it is Ducote, who in just 18 months has established as one of the leaders of the local social media movement, and one of the bigger names in the national food blogging community."

Jay is the winner of the Tony Chachere's Tailgating Cookoff in 2010 as well as the victor in numerous competitive eating contests. In 2011 he was named one of the "Top 100 Amateur Chefs in America" as he competed on the FOX reality show MasterChef with Chef Gordon Ramsay, Chef Graham Elliot, and Joe Bastianich. In July 2011 he accepted the position of Viking Chef at the first ever Viking Cooking School - Outdoors in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Follow Jay on Twitter @biteandbooze
Find him on Facebook

Where to Hear Great Live Music in NOLA!

Here are a few New Orleans spots where you can enjoy great live music during your stay!

Rock n Bowl - this is NOT your mama's bowling alley! Some of the best bands in town play here. Lots of fun, lots of dancing, bowling optional. Usually a $5 - $10 cover. Smoke-free.
Chickie Wah Wah - cool & funky with top-notch local performers. Cover charge varies.
Jeremy Davenport - Ritz-Carlton. Terrific trumpet player & crooner. Smoke-free.
Irvin Mayfield's Playhouse - Royal Sonesta. Gathering place of many of New Orleans' best jazz musicians. Smoke-free.

d.b.a. Fun music venue in the heart of the Fauborg Marigny. Smoke-free.

Snug Harbor - It's not uncommon to find a member of the Marsalis family holding court here. Nice jazz club.


Menu: Friday Evening Reception

La Petite Grocery, Chef Justin Devillier
Chilled corn soup with hearts of palm
Pork cheeks with tomato jam

Ste. Marie, Chef Chris Foster
Spicy tuna tartare with avocado mousse, coriander, grilled country bread
Rabbit ragu with house-made pappardelle, parmesan

Sylvain, Chef Sean McCusker
Shaved brussels sprouts with apples, pecorino, hazelnuts
Chicken liver crostini with Maras Farm’s sprouts, dandelion gastrique

The Grill Room, Chef Drew Dzejak
Gluten free gulf shrimp dip
Gluten free Louisiana crab dip in endive

Shrimp & orzo
Crawfish etouffee

Sucre, Chef Tariq Hanna
Black truffle hazelnut macaroon ‘PoPs’
Local honeyed rice cream parfait


GW Fins, Chef Tenney
Gluten free bite sized chocolate bombes- white & dark chocolate mousse on a base
of flourless chocolate cake, covered in chocolate ganache


Where to Eat Breakfast in NOLA!

Before conference sessions begin at 9am on Saturday and Sunday, delight in a proper NOLA breakfast at any of these 5 recommended restaurants- all delicious and within walking distance of the Hotel Monteleone!

Camellia Grill - 540 Chartres Street. A New Orleans institution. A great diner serving some of the best omelets, waffles, burgers, etc. in town. And the service is full of personality! Very reasonably priced.
Hours: 7 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Cafe du Monde - 800 Decatur Street. THE original beignets and cafe au lait.
Hours: Open 24/7.
Stanley - 547 St. Ann Street - facing Jackson Square. Delicious egg dishes!
Hours: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Cafe Fleur de Lis - 307 Chartres Street. A solid, traditional breakfast.
Hours: Mon.- Sat. 7 a.m. - 3 p.m, Sun. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Old Coffee Pot - 714 St. Peter. Old NOLA classic with good Bloody Marys!
Hours: Opens at 8 a.m. daily.

Welcome Winebow!


As a first time sponsor at the International Food Bloggers Conference, Winebow will be pairing wines from its highly acclaimed portfolio with the very special Saturday evening dinner!

Winebow is a major importer and distributor of a wide range of fine wines, spirits and sakes from the world’s most prominent growing regions, including Argentina, Austria, Chile, Italy, and Spain. The company’s premium Italian wine collection, under the Leonardo LoCascio Selections label, is widely recognized as the de facto seal of approval for Italian wine enthusiasts. Winebow is headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey with offices in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, Seattle and Wallingford, Connecticut.

For more information please visit

Follow Winebow on Twitter @WinebowWine

Welcome Abita Beer!

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The Abita Brewery is pleased to welcome you to IFBC 2011 in New Orleans. Abita is Louisiana’s favorite brew and our beer sponsor this year. Founded 25 years ago and nestled in the piney woods north of New Orleans Abita brews full-flavored ales and lagers in small batches, hand- crafted by a team of dedicated workers with only the highest ideals of quality. These all natural brews are made with only the finest ingredients and the pure artesian water of Abita Springs. Abita Beer has no preservatives, additives or stabilizers and is cold filtered. The result is beer that is the finest and freshest tasting as proven by their loyal customers and great chefs of the south who use Abita Beer in their recipes.

To learn more about the Abita Brewery visit
Follow them on Twitter @TheAbitaBeer
Find them on Facebook

Featured Speaker: Craig Walker!

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Craig Walker is the founder and CEO of FireSpotter Labs, a mobile applications and services developer which just released its first product, Nosh. Nosh is an iPhone and Android app that helps people find what’s good at restaurants with menu item reviews and photos from the community.

Prior to founding Firespotter, Walker was Entrepreneur in Residence at Google Ventures. Previously, Walker was the CEO and co-founder of GrandCentral Communications – which was acquired by Google in July 2007 (now Google Voice) – where he became the Group Product Manager for the Real Time Communications Group responsible for Google Voice, Google Talk and Google Talk Video. Craig was also the CEO of Dialpad Communications, where he transformed it into the most profitable VoIP company in the industry and acquired by Yahoo! in 2005 (now Yahoo! Voice).

Walker received his BA from UC Berkeley in 1988, and subsequently earned both an MBA from Georgetown University and a JD from Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley.

Find Craig on Nosh:
Follow Craig on Twitter @cwalker123
Follow Firespotter on Twitter @firespotter
Find Firespotter on Facebook!


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