Break Bread Together
A great meal with friends can help heal most anything, which is well understood by the folks gathered around Richard and Mathilde Currence’s Uptown New Orleans dining table. Their smiles shine as warmly as the silverware, and the conversation swings from pure fun to deep reflection. Hurricane Katrina is never far from anyone’s mind in this place. Life is marginally back to normal, but the enormity of what was lost puts lots of things in perspective.
A New Orleans-Style Menu
Pableaux Johnson, who recently relocated to Louisville, Kentucky, figures his Cajun cooking will help endear him to a fresh circle of companions there. His Roast Pork With Garlic-Onion Gravy (which he admits to shamelessly stealing from Lolis) will be a powerful inducement for dinner guests. “That roast is literally irresistible,” he says. “People are drawn to it.”
No doubt about it, Coconut-Almond Cream Cake is a lot of work, but it’s worth every second. You can save time by making and freezing the layers up to a month in advance.