QUARTER? Thorsten Leighty has been named Executive Chef of the New Orleans Marriott's 5 Fifty 5. Leighty is a native of Wiesbaden, Germany, and most recently served as Executive Chef at the Eden Roc Renaissance Resort & Spa in Miami Beach. [EaterWire]
CBD? Manning's Restaurant, along with Bayou Teche Brewing, is having "Bayou Blast" in their courtyard every Saturday in April from 4 to 10 p.m. $18 gets you 3 lbs of crawfish, Bayou Teche's seasonal beer, and there's live music too. Tomorrow features Grammy nominated Corey Ledet & his Zydeco Band from 7 to 10 p.m. [Eaterwire]
NOLA? There's a new gumbo in town from New Orleans Soup Co. available at Dorignacs, that gets the thumbs up from restaurant critic/home cooking pro Robert Peyton this week.
UPTOWN? Booze whisperer Todd A. Price previews the bartending fundraiser taking place at Dominique's on Magazine next Wednesday, April 10. Bartender-turned-lawyer Bryant York will be slinging cocktails as a guest mixologist alongside SoBou's Abigail Gullo, from 5:30–9:30 p.m. to benefit the Chef Quan Tran Foundation. Tran is battling cancer. [NOLA.com]
5 Fifty 5 [Photo: Facebook]