John Besh To Design Menu For World War II-Themed Dinner For The National WWII Museum In New Orleans

Chef John Besh, best known for his New Orleans restaurants including August and his multiple TV appearances, will be preparing the menu for a special "Dinner with a Curator" dinner on April 16 at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans called "World War II in the Movies," inspired by the cuisine of the era and films including Casablanca, Battle of the Bulge, and Sands of Iwo Jima. 

The meal will be presented by The American Sector, and chef Besh has assembled a classic-inspired menu with a modern twist. The meal will start with the choice of crabmeat-stuffed tomato with lemon aioli and local greens, or a "victory garden" salad served with "torp juice." The second course is a choice between a "Battle Breakfast" (braised shortribs, yard egg, and Yukon Gold rosti), Louisiana redfish, or charred tomato risotto, and for dessert a chocolate banana tart will be on offer.

The meal costs $50 per person with wine pairings (very reasonable, especially considering the chef behind it), or $40 without. For reservations, call 504-528-1940. While chef Besh isn't yet confirmed to be in attendance, the offerings will be his own creations.