Pop Up with Chef John Folse
Pop Up: Mardi Gras in the Garden
Join Chef John Folse, Louisiana Culinary Ambassador to the World, and his culinary entourage for Mardi Gras in the Garden! This is a return visit to The Chef’s Garden for Folse after presenting the keynote address at the 2016 Roots Conference. Chef Folse’s menu features many of his favorite Creole dishes including an array of fresh purple, green and gold vegetables – the colors of Mardi Gras – plucked fresh from The Chef’s Garden.
Chef Folse is a long-time friend of the farm, and a legendary chef with an illustrious career. He is internationally renowned for introducing Louisiana’s indigenous cuisine and culture to the world through his restaurants, cookbooks, educational initiatives, and leadership in culinary organizations, and has been recognized with an extraordinary list of lifetime achievement accolades. He is truly an icon in the culinary field, and we are thrilled to have him back in our kitchen.
To add to the party, we welcome back The Zydeco Kings with their lively sounds from down on the bayou.
A portion of the proceeds of the evening will be donated to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, a national nonprofit that is ending child hunger in America by ensuring children get the healthy food they need, every day.
Gumbo des Herbes
Nine greens, smoked ham, beef brisket, spicy Louisiana sausage, heirloom peas
Seared Tuna Salad
Black skillet-seared tuna, Creole rémoulade, mustard blossoms,
bowtie arugula, purple ninja radish, red ribbon sorrel
Crawfish-stuffed Turban of Trout
Roasted Brussels sprouts, pea tendrils, truffle lobster sauce
Pecan Wood-Smoked and Sweet Tea-Brined Duck
Carnival cauliflower, blue stone-ground corn grits
Red Velvet Cheesecake
Red velvet Creole cream cheese cheesecake withcrème anglaise
Doors open at 6:30, dinner begins at 7:00.
Dinner: $100 per person, plus tax and service charge.
In addition, Cocktails inspired by The Big Easy, full bar, wine pairings and craft beers will all be available
Dress Code: The dress code is casual at all of our events unless otherwise noted; we dress as if we are entertaining friends in our home.
Photography is permitted, and sharing is encouraged, but audio or video recording is not allowed. #EventsatCVI
For more information about this event, please contact the CVI at 419-499-7500 or by email at
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- Friday, September 08, 2017