Long hailed for a mastery of ham far beyond the skills of mere mortal meat cookers, the meat mavens at HoneyBaked Ham have discovered the secret to cooking succulent, flavorful breasts of turkey (2.5 lbs. each). This juicy bird-based breakthrough is 90% fat-free and serves six to eight ravenous guests, making it a scrumptious centerpiece for family gatherings and game day parties. HoneyBaked Ham's suggested recipes increase turkey cooker IQs, helping stymied chefs explore new dishes such as smoked-turkey pizza and turkey tetrazzini, and saying sayonara to default entrees such as squashing the turkey meat into the shape of a racecar.
Though she grew up in New Orleans, Cara Benson cultivated her pastry skills at the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan. Homesickness soon kicked in, however, and after a year of working in Lower East Side kitchens, Cara moved back home to take the title of pastry chef at Muriel's Jackson Square. Three years later, Cara can be found in the kitchen of her own eatery, Tartine, where she draws on French culinary influences and her extensive pastry training to bake bread in-house. Ingredients such as onion marmalade, pickled carrots, and steak pistou grace these grains in the form of sandwiches and open-faced tartines, while daily-made bagels and quiche grace plates at breakfast. Meals unfold inside Tartine’s cozy dining room or on the back patio, which doubles as a teatime party locale capable of accommodating 30–45 people.
Glee-seekers can present their Groupon at the admission ticket booth before spinning on the Tilt-A-Whirl, knocking bumper cars, or gliding down the 40-foot fun slide in addition to enjoying more than 10 other timeless amusement-park rides. Hop on the Ferris wheel for sky-skimming panoramic views, or climb aboard the miniature train for a leisurely tour through picturesque City Park. Stop by the historic wooden carousel to ride on the well-known “flying horses” and reminisce about simpler times when animals were all carved from gilded logs before coming to life. Next to the amusement park, smaller children can wander in wonder around Storyland, which brims with more than 25 larger-than-life playground pieces inspired by well-known children's stories and rhymes. Little ones and non-Lilliputian folk alike can climb aboard Captain Hook’s pirate ship, step into the mouth of Pinocchio’s whale, or dash up Jack and Jill’s hill without losing costly crowns.
Cajun Moon Catering's chef, dubbed the Chicken Mistress, lovingly prepares fried poultry and other casual fare to satisfy the hungry masses. With enough Southern-style eats to feed a family gathering, work picnic, or kazoo dectet, this Party in a Box may be picked up or delivered for an additional fee. Larger, upgraded packages are also available at an added cost, which include bigger portions delivered by tanker trucks constructed of baked beans.
The Food Drunk trucks roll along the streets of New Orleans as mobile fusions of creativity and cuisine. Their chefs put a New Orleans spin on classic dishes, such as making mac and cheese with crab and crawfish, or turning black angus brisket into a King Cake Burger. The latter?which was profiled by Serious Eats?blends sweet and savory flavors with a brioche bun covered with icing and coat of colorful sprinkles. The team has also garnered ample press attention from outlets such as Thrillist, along with honors such as being named the People's Choice 2014 Vendy Award winner. Food Drunk also takes part in television and motion picture catering, which means the food truck has served plenty of celebrity customers including famous comedians and even more famous key grips.
The cocktails at Dante’s Kitchen are known for their housemade infusions and weird names. A Pig Named Madeline, for example, is made with cane juice rum, local blueberry tarragon shrub, and Lillet Blanc. Try it alongside the actual pig—pork belly, to be precise—which comes inside a thit kho lettuce wrap.