Commander’s Palace – Jazz Brunch in New Orleans

by Marla on June 15, 2011 · 63 comments

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Sunday live music brunch in New Orleans

Grace, charm, wit, enthusiasm, impeccable manners, old world pizzazz. That is Commander’s Palace in NOLA. This place is brimming with fine hospitality, vintage style and high class Creole cuisine. This is the first in my series of posts about our Food Blog Masters trip to New Orleans. There are many amazing experiences we have had here and the memories will last a lifetime. Y’all ever been to Commander’s Palace? If so then I am sure you can relate. If not, then you must visit someday.

Brunch is a heck of a lot more fun when you have a bunch of great friends to party with. Aka: Food Blog Masters….

Food Blog Masters in New Orleans

*Adam Pearson, Matt Matt Bites, Brooke Food Woolf, Maggy Three Many Cooks, Nathan Lippy


Meet Chef Tory McPhail who is most likely one of the finest chefs in the world. We were grateful to sample his mango shrimp at the Louisiana Seafood Festival. Can you tell how hot it was in there?

Tory McPhail head chef Commander's Palace in New Orleans

It was so hot that all the friends had fans. With water spritzers.

Food bloggers take a trip to New Orleans, Louisiana • Gaby What’s Gaby Cooking

The Sunday brunch at Commander’s Palace is appropriately called Chef Tory’s Jazz Brunch. The music made the whole atmosphere even more festive.

Close up trumpet and banjo instruments

We toured a very schmancy wine cellar. I don’t drink, but I was intoxicated by the abundance of fine wine!

Wine glasses and iron doors in Commander's Palace wine cellar

Here is our lovely tour guide, Dan Davis – aka: “Wine Guy.” I was smitten by the festive balloons everywhere.

Sunday Brunch at Commander's Palace. Man in bow tie

Really, I mean everywhere….

Sunday Brunch at Commander's Palace

Be prepared to be treated like royalty, the whole staff is lit with energy and fully committed to their jobs….

Waiter's in black and white uniforms at fancy restaurant These two had fun posing for me.

Sunday Brunch at Commander's Palace

We loved our waiter Edward (seen below,) he was full of information and beaming smiles. He brought me lots of Chicory coffee, which I chased with watermelon gum and water. I know, I’m full of class.

Sunday Jazz Brunch at Commander's Palace

Arrive prepared to EAT….

See that lovely tomato salad? It is about the only veggie based dish I had on the whole trip. I am usually a volume eater with the bulk of my meals derived from fresh produce. This was an experience off the beaten path for this ski freak, mountain girl. Check out my trout, it was swimming in a pool of brown butter vinaigrette. It was very good. As if you couldn’t guess.

Shrimp Tasso and Fresh Trout at Commander's Palace Sunday Brunch

New Orleans is better known for its luscious creamy sauces, creole/cajun flavors and seafood than it is for produce. It is a city with a strong foundation of food and a backbone in butter. When in this town you gotta love seafood or learn to. Check out all that locally caught shrimp, oysters, trout, crawdads, crabmeat, etc. This culture exists on Gulf Seafood & it is clearly some of the best I have ever tasted.

Of course they are known for their decadent sweets too.

Pancakes, bread pudding, cheesecake and Praline parfait

What you see in the photos above: Praline Parfait, Creole Cream Cheese Cheese Cake, Blueberry and White Chocolate Pancakes and the house specialty Creole Bread Pudding Soufflé aka: “The Queen of Creole Desserts”

How about this Peach and Blackberry Coffee Cake?

Sunday Brunch at Commander's Palace

Commander’s Palace is a place where memories have been made since 1880 and will continue for years to come.

Family at fancy brunch in Brennan restaurant

Sharing this experience with great pals was the biggest treat of all.

Ladies at Commander's Palace Sunday Brunch

•Amanda Kevin and Amanda, Marla, Jenny Picky Palate

Have you ever been to a super special Sunday Brunch? If so please share.

Fancy Party Links

Family Fresh Cooking disclosure – My expenses were paid for to dine at Commander’s Palace, attend all events & to visit NOLA. All of the opinions I proudly share with you are my own.


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