Baton Rouge is establishing itself as a food destination. Every day, more and more food news is cooking in the area. A weekly feature, “Leftovers” is a roundup of the latest on the local food and restaurant scene.
Goûter to open before the end of year
Those wanting to check out chef Chris Wadsworth’s new restaurant will have to wait a little longer.
Wadsworth’s upcoming Mid City tapas restaurant, Goûter, is now on track to be open by the end of the year. The chef attributed the delay to construction and rezoning the property for alcohol sales.
Wadsworth, who previously worked at Restaurant IPO and Modern Meals, is confident he’ll get zoning approval and is excited for his latest venture.
“This is finally me with no rules,” he said. “We’re going back to what Louisiana food used to be, the old camp food, cooking in the old Creole house with a black cast-iron pot. If you can catch it and shoot it, we’re serving it.”
Wadsworth said the menu will feature everything from rabbit to farm-raised chicken, quail and boar, as well as a chef’s table on Fridays and Saturdays, available by reservation only with a 12-course tasting menu.
Goûter is not the only thing on Wadsworth’s calendar — the chef, along with City Pork’s Ryan André and Cupcake Allie’s Allison Offner — will host a Mid City BBQ Block Party. The event starts at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15, near Goûter at the corner of 3897 Government St. Tickets are $20. For more information, visit midcitybbq.eventbrite.com.
La Salvadoreña opens in former Willy’s
Willy’s Chicken and Waffles is no more, but I’m hoping the space’s new tenant at 3285 Nicholson Drive can have staying power.
Now, that location has been taken over by La Salvadoreña Restaurant, an authentic Salvadoran restaurant with pupusas, tacos, tostadas and tamales.
La Salvadoreña started as a string of food trucks, with one setting up on Nicholson, a block or two from the new restaurant, and another on Gardere Lane. Now, with a brick-and-mortar location, the Nicholson Drive truck has temporarily closed. However, the truck at 1345 Gardere Lane will continue operating.
La Salvadoreña will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Business house are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For more information, visit facebook.com/ lasalvadorenarestaurant or call (225) 227-0141.
Cocktails in the Garden set for Nov. 6
Local restaurants and bars go back to Hollywood’s Golden Age for the second annual Cocktails in the Garden.
This campy party starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at 4560 Essen Lane. Advance general admission and VIP tickets are $40 and $50, respectively. Tickets are $60 at the door.
The event will feature signature cocktails from area bars, including Lock & Key Whiskey Bar, Radio Bar, Olive or Twist, The Cove and Beausoleil.
There is no rain-out date, and all ticket prices should be considered a donation to the Botanic Gardens. Ned Fasullo and the Fabulous Big Band will perform. For more information, call (225) 763-3990, ext. 3.
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