Resturants honor New Orleans matriach, mentor Ella Brennan through special menus _lowres

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty - The Garden District landmark Commander's Palace balances traditional and modern Creole cuisine.

Commander’s Palace and its related restaurants Café Adelaide and SoBou are honoring Ella Brennan in November as her 90th birthday approaches. Here’s what to look for:

  • Outside Commander’s Palace, a giant gift-wrapped package is displayed for well-wishers to sign birthday messages for Brennan. Inside the foyer, a life-size cutout of Brennan greets guests.
  • In the Commander’s Palace dining room, quotes from Brennan are printed on cards as conversation starters.
  • Special multicourse menus are offered this month at all three restaurants, with creative takes on some of Brennan’s favorite flavors, including a modern riff on red beans and rice, smoked duck and Irish coffee. Each restaurant also is serving specialty cocktails concocted in her honor.