Inside New Orleans Museum of Art
#1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park / New Orleans, LA 70124
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ralph Brennan re-opens Courtyard Café at New Orleans Museum of Art
For first time post-Katrina, museum visitors experience delicious taste of New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS--November 19, 2009. On Saturday, November 14, 2009, the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group re-opened the “Courtyard Café” for the first time since Hurricane Katrina as part of a four month partnership with the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA.) The opening coincides with the Dreams Come True: Art of the Classic Fairy Tales from the Walt Disney Studio exhibition showing at NOMA November 15, 2009 – March 14, 2010, and the 72-seat Courtyard Café will be serving breakfast, lunch and snack items during regular NOMA business hours of Wednesdays noon – 8 p.m. and Thursday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
“We were thrilled to learn about the Disney exhibit at NOMA and flattered to be invited by NOMA to provide foodservice to the estimated 80,000 attendees of this blockbuster show,” said Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group owner Ralph Brennan. “The Café’s floor-to-ceiling picture windows and spectacular view of the live oaks, magnolia trees and lagoons of City Park offer art fanatics the opportunity to relax and enjoy delicious food, and we are proud to provide our snack, breakfast and lunch items to them.”
NOMA approached the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group for this partnership not only due to their culinary prowess, but also for their experience with the Disney brand. For the last nine years, the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group has worked with the Walt Disney Company as an operating participant at the Disneyland® Resort in Southern California with its restaurant Jazz Kitchen which includes an adjacent quick service Jazz Kitchen Express.
“We are pleased to have one of New Orleans’ finest restaurateurs bring life back to our Courtyard Café,” said E. John Bullard, Director of the New Orleans Museum of Art. “The Ralph Brennan Group is a great neighbor to City Park and the Museum, as well as a Disney affiliate. The partnership is a natural fit.”
Menu standouts include:
• Turtle Soup by Ralph’s on the Park
• Alligator Sausage & Seafood Gumbo by Red Fish Grill
• Roasted Gulf Shrimp Salad with lemon parmesan dressing by Bacco
• Turkey Club Sandwich with tarragon-dijon on sourdough
• Vegetable Focaccia of grilled squash, zucchini, baby greens, tomatoes, avocado and rosemary aioli.
A Kid’s ‘Prince and Princess’ menu includes Peanut Butter and Jelly Rolls and a Gooey Grilled Cheese on Texas Toast.
About Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group
The New Orleans-based Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group is owned and operated by Ralph Brennan and includes French Quarter restaurants BACCO and Red Fish Grill, Ralph’s on the Park in Mid-City New Orleans and Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen at the Disneyland® Resort in Southern California. Each of these award-winning restaurants celebrates the cuisine and hospitality of classic and contemporary New Orleans.
The Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group is engaged in a partnership with the New Orleans Museum of Art to operate the onsite Courtyard Café in conjunction with the Dreams Come True: Art of the Classic Fairy Tales from the Walt Disney Studio exhibition from November 15, 2009 – March 14, 2010 and also provides exclusive catering services to the French Quarter based Hermann-Grima Historic House and Courtyard.