Downtown Living: February 2017
Cafes: Cafe Anglais at the Windsor Court Hotel
Now there’s another place to get your French Truck Coffee fix at the newly opened Cafe Anglais inside the elegant Windsor Court Hotel. In an effort to appeal to busy guests and visitors, this on-the-go eatery offers specialty coffees brewed from French Truck and a menu of lighter fare — such as salads and sandwiches — and baked goods prepared by hotel pastry chef Shun Li. Dishes include a Mediterranean salad with lemon and dill, a quinoa salad with citrus vinaigrette and prime rib on focaccia. For those seeking a little lagniappe, Cafe Anglais also offers delightful desserts like yuzu tarts and chocolate pot de crème, plus they feature a variety of beers from local breweries and half-bottle wines. The first-floor cafe is open daily. 300 Gravier St., (504) 523-6000, windsorcourthotel.com
From the creator of popular Mid-City eatery MoPho, Maypop is the downtown area’s newest answer to Southeast Asian-inspired cuisine. Located in the corner spot of the Paramount Building that briefly held Ursa Major, Maypop offers a casual, yet crisp atmosphere with an intriguing map (showing the Mississippi River or Mekong Delta, depending how you look at it) by locally based design team Farouki Farouki. Chef/co-owner Micheal Gulotta has upped his game for his South Market District restaurant, with a menu reflecting a combined influence from local fare, his Sicilian heritage and Southeast Asia, resulting in dishes like chilled buckwheat noodle salad with jumbo lump crab and spicy, pickled mirliton. Other stunners include wok-fried egg noodles with jumbo shrimp in a turmeric curry and charred lamb with coconut milk, nuoc cham and roti. Maypop is open daily for lunch and dinner. 611 O’Keefe Ave., (504) 518-6435, maypoprestaurant.com
Business: New Orleans Entrepreneur Week
Hailed as the “Mardi Gras of entrepreneurship,” New Orleans Entrepreneur Week addresses the belief that Crescent City business trends reflect on global issues and vice versa. NOEW, held this year from March 19-24, is committed to supporting the “locally relevant and globally significant.”
Produced by The Idea Village, NOEW has grown since 2009 into an annual weeklong festival serving as a platform for the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem to develop and mature into a vision of New Orleans as the hub of entrepreneurship in the South by the Crescent City’s tricentennial in 2018.
NOEW engages a dynamic global network of entrepreneurs, investors, corporations, nonprofits, students and professionals to support growing companies and elevate entrepreneurial successes through discussion, debate, education, competition and celebration. noew.org
Events: Creative Industries Summit featuring the Downtown Nola Arts-based Business Pitch
On March 20, in anticipation of the 5th annual Downtown NOLA Arts-Based Business pitch, the Creative Alliance of New Orleans and the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation will host two forums exploring feasible strategies to build the local creative economy in the Crescent City. CANO’s panel will assemble leaders from various economic sectors to “Report on Creative Commerce Trends.” LCEF will host the second panel, “Why Cultural Entrepreneurship is a Win-Win for All.”
The Downtown NOLA Arts-Business Pitch is aimed at identifying and supporting entrepreneurs that have a scalable arts-based project situated in the creative, architecture, technology, digital media or film/entertainment fields that benefits Downtown NOLA. Come watch as local arts-based entrepreneurs compete for a prize package valued at more than $35,000 in cash and in-kind services.