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Caroline Rosen Lands the Executive Director Position at Tales of the Cocktail

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CH-CH-CH-CHANGES — The sale of Tales of the Cocktail to the Solomon Group and Cure’s Neil Bodenheimer has been completed — and the new owners have chosen Caroline Rosen (formerly director of John Besh’s foundation) to take over as executive director. Rosen also served as director of the Aarón Sánchez Scholarship Fund and provided micro-loans to food producers within 200 miles of New Orleans. She’s a vice-president of Les Dames d’Escoffier International’s New Orleans chapter. [press release]

MARDI GRAS — For those who can’t get Mardi Gras 2018 out of their heads, there’s always this pic of Anthony Bourdain not looking bad at all while dressed up in traditional costume during Mardi Gras in Mamou, Louisiana this year. [T+L]

And, on that note, will New Orleans see a soup-themed krewe next year? The Mid-City Messenger has the scoop on plans for the Souper Krewe of Brōth. Anything is possible when it’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans. [Mid-City Messenger]

And for those who have moved on from Mardi Gras to Lent (and have ditched the booze), here’s a list of spots serving excellent mocktails. []

INTERVIEWS — The Gambit’s Helen Freund chatted with Tabasco historian Shane K. Bernard about the beginnings of the 150-year old, iconic hot sauce brand. [GAMBIT]

GUIDES —The New York Times is eating all the Korean food that visitors won’t while at the Olympics. [NYT]

Meanwhile, Todd Price has the scoop on where to find Korean food around New Orleans. [NOLA.COM]

COFFEE — Coffee Science, the new coffee shop on S. Broad, featuring vintage Kaldi’s coffee beverages among others, has opened its doors. [ADVOCATE]

Meanwhile, Cherry Coffee on Laurel is hoping to become a full-service restaurant with booze. [UPTOWN MESSENGER]

GUIDES — Lousiana Cookin’ has been doing the hard work traveling the good state of Louisiana in search of the very best muffulettas. Of course many are in New Orleans, where the plate-sized sandwich originated, but they’ve also found stand-out versions in Shreveport, Lafayette, and Baton Rouge. [Louisiana Cookin’]

Meanwhile, Emily Smith at has a list of her favorite muffulettas in the city, from the original Central Grocery version to Katie’s all veg version. [GONOLA.COM]

THE CHAINS — Subway wants to become the latest chain to move into Magazine Street. It has set its sights on a run-down strip mall with a laundromat and nail spa near Valence Street. This isn’t the first Subway to roll onto Magazine Street. Back when the Whole Foods across the street was a bus barn, the Pinkberry was actually a Subway. [UPTOWN MESSENGER]

TRAVEL ABROAD — Globe-trotting chef Tenney Flynn told a reporter in Guam, “I grew up in [my father’s] restaurant and this was Stone Mountain, Georgia, in the segregated ‘60s, when I was the white kid in the back of the kitchen and the only white face. I learned to cook from those women.” [GUAM POST]

WASTE NOT, WANT NOT — Every New Orleanian has a cupboard full of bitters for dope cocktails, but what about using those El Guapo Pecan Bitters in chocolate chip cookies like the beverage director at Momofuku Nishi in NYC does? Or, for something simpler, drop some Bittermens in your coffee, like Spitfire Coffee does. [VINEPAIR]


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Toups South

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