The Commander's Palace staff decided to have a little fun this month, and as a result is offering a 5-course pairing that matches its take on "white tablecloth BBQ" with selected beers covering a variety of styles from Tin Roof, Bayou Teche, and Parish Brewing in Louisiana, Saint Arnold in Texas, and Southern Prohibition Brewing in Mississippi.
The menu will run all month as the Commander's "Chef's Playground" option, at the relatively reasonable price of $65 for five courses (plus amuse and tequila shooter interlude). Add another $20 for the accompanying beers.
The brainchild of bar manager Ferrel Dugas and Commander Palace Chef de Cuisine Chris Barbato, the courses were designed around the beers, and the midpoint of the meal features a pepper- and lime-infused tequila paired with Boiler Room, a light, acidic berlinerweiss-style beer. It's best enjoyed drunk in one go as a shot with a beer chaser, which leads to the faintly naughty feeling about doing tequila shooters in a James Beard award winning restaurant.