If you’ve spent time in the French Quarter, you’ve likely either stayed or walked past the beautiful and historic Royal Sonesta Hotel in heart of this infamous district. Bordering Bourbon Street, the Royal Sonesta made another splash in history last year when celebrity chef, restaurateur, business man and culinary educator John Folse partnered with Chicago’s all-star chef and James Beard award winner, Rick Tramonto, to undertake potentially the most ambitious restaurant project of their careers: Restaurant R’evolution. Their combined star power made R’evolution’s opening one of the most high profile New Orleans openings in years.
And right in the center of the impressive undertaking was the most important hire for the entire project: Chef Chris Lusk.
Chef Chris Lusk came to Restaurant R’evolution from the Commander’s Palace organization having worked at both Commander’s Palace and most recently as Executive Chef at its sister restaurant, Cafe’ Adelaide, both owned by Ti Martin and Lally Brennan. Lusk began his time at Restaurant R’evolution months before it opened, spending time on menu development and sous chef training.
After opening last June, Restaurant R’evolution went on to receive numerous awards and accolades in its opening months including accolades in Conde’ Nast Traveler, Wine Enthusiast, Hemispheres, New Orleans Living, Food Arts, Louisiana Kitchen, The French Quarterly, Louisiana Cookin’, Fodor’s, Food & Wine and Garden and Gun magazines.
Just this week, Gayot named Restaurant R’evolution as one of the 2013 Top 10 New Restaurants in the United States, noting their “caviar staircase” and 10,000 bottle wine cellar with rare vintages among the reasons.
Brett Anderson, writer for the Times-Picayune, points out that, “Yes, that is Robert E. Lee’s camp stove” finding residence in the dining room. He continues later in his review, “Do not go to R’evolution looking for expressions of modesty. It is where high rollers go to trim the fat on their wallets, and so far, they’re getting what they pay for.”
With incredible culinary precision, Chris Lusk leads the R’evolution kitchen to present guests with dishes that Ian McNulty, food writer for BestofNewOrleans.com, calls “visually intricate, like dioramas on the plate.”
While a meal at Restaurant R’evolution can easily top more than $200, we invite you to meet Chef Chris Lusk and enjoy his culinary creations at a very special, private event open to only 70 guests on April 6. Tickets are selling quickly for this extraordinary culinary experience to be held at the close of the Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival in a beautiful private, comfortable outdoor space just behind Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Renaissance at Colony Park. Come early to enjoy a special cocktail hour at 6 p.m. followed by a memorable Chef’s Dinner Experience with seating just before 7 p.m. Tickets are available online or by calling 228.493.6555. Learn more about this Chef’s Table experience or buy tickets here.