This afternoon at 4 is one of the highlights of the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. Brave souls gather in Jackson Square to battle it out in the “Stella!” shouting contest. In the spirit of A Streetcar Named Desire, competitors try to outdo each other (and Brando) for a chance at the title, and some as yet undisclosed prize. And, because we are an equal opportunity town in the public shouting arena, women contestants can scream “Stanley!” if they are so inclined. After the contest, at 5;30, their is a final judging at the mainstage at Le Petit Theatre.
All this “Stella” talk has me thinking about how it has been far too long since I’ve been to Stella! the restaurant. I am going to be so bold as to say that it is one of the absolute best of the best restaurants in New Orleans. For $105, you can opt for the seven course tasting menu, check this out:
Seven Course Tasting
Roasted Heirloom Potato Puree with Applewood Smoked Bacon Lardons, Fingerling Potatoes, Truffle-Scented Petite Brioche Croutons and Truffle Crème Fraiche Caviar
Lobster, Egg and Caviart–Canadian Lobster, North Shore Farm Egg and American Paddlefish Caviar
Caramelized Hen of the Woods Mushroom Risotto with Virgin Olive Oil Local Scallions
Pan-Seared Japanese Mero Seabass with Iberico Bellota Ham, Baby Turnips, Carrots and Parmesan Jus
Steak and Egg ~ Seared Prime Beef Tenderloin with Sunny Side Up Egg, Breakfast Potatoes, Texas Toast with Foie Gras Butter and Truffled Hollandaise
Delice de Bourgogne Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Candied Macadamias, Powdered Pistachio and Captain Crunch Nutella Explosion
Chocolate Chip and White Truffle Ice Cream with Truffle Scented White Chocolate Panna Cotta, Candied Black, Garlic and Spun Raw Black Truffle Honey
Yes. The words “Captain Crunch” were in there.