Copper Vine has deep roots in New Orleans. Its home at 1100 Poydras street is in the register of historic buildings. The owner of the restaurant, Kyle Brechtel, was looking, and not finding, his kind of bar, but couldn't. So to remedy his concern he made one, and with that Copper Vine was born.
Once the home of Maylie's, a restaurant that was opened in 1876, the site is now home to Brechtel's restaurant. The new restaurant aims to honor its history by restoring the original bar and crafting new takes on the dishes that Maylie's was known for. The restaurant will have up to 30 wines on tap.
Mark Brewer is the executive Chef or the restaurant and he will be guiding the ship as they bring their take on this New Orleans icon to the city. Brewer grew up learning to cook by watching his mother as she prepared family meals. After 10 years he moved to New Orleans as an engineer and an economic downturn lead him to take up a career of hospitality. With a career spanning Commander's Palace, Brennan's, and the well-received Jackson, Brewer found himself as Executive Chef here.
The wine dinner will be hosted on November 14th, and starts with a menu of seared scallop and a poached pear. The second course will be jumbo lump crab meat and caviar. The seafood will be followed by gnocchi and duck confit and to finish off the meal flourless chocolate cake and espresso. Each course will have a wine pairing to go with it.
The restaurant also has a brunch, lunch, and dinner menu. Brewer himself started in a restaurant much like this one as a sommelier and worked his way up. Perhaps someone else might have their start like Brewer did here. Either way, this is a great opportunity for all involved.
For more information, visit Copper Vine's Dinner Series Page.