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The Sweeter Side of a Savory City

Monday, June 4, 2012 at 02:06 PM - Posted by Megan - (1) comment

New Orleans is world-famous for its savory cuisine — a unique combination of Creole, Cajun and French flavors that produce the city’s indigenous culinary landscape.

Yet over the past several years, the Big Easy has been gaining recognition for the sweeter side of things. More and more New Orleans restaurants are employing acclaimed pastry chefs, who are elevating the level and quality of desserts across town. There’s been an emergence of local sweet shops and pastry boutiques that offer far more than pralines and pecan pie. And just last week, The Big Gateaux Show brought world-renowned pastry chefs together for a theatrical cake competition and tasting to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience.

One of the pioneers of the city’s pastry movement is Tariq Hanna, the celebrated chef-owner of Sucré. Upon visiting New Orleans several years ago, Tariq noticed that the local dessert scene was somewhat uninspired. “It was the same four desserts everywhere.” Tariq mentioned, “Bananas Foster, beignets, pralines and bread pudding.” Determined to bring something new to NoLa’s dining culture, Tariq opened Sucré in 2007 — a bright, inviting sweets haven in the Garden District that specializes in exciting, handcrafted desserts and confections that weren’t typically found in area restaurants at the time.

While in New Orleans last week, I had the pleasure of joining Tariq at the oh-so-charming Sucré to delight in some of his signature delicacies. Feast your eyes on the striking array of French macarons, fine chocolates, handmade marshmallows, decadent desserts, cupcakes, gelato & more featured in the gallery below.

  1. The Sucré storefront on Magazine Street in NoLa\'s picturesque Garden District
  2. Strawberry season is in full swing at Sucré with petite cakes, specialty chocolates & more
  3. Buttery dark chocolate, caramel & fleur de sel cookies. Absolutely to die for!
  4. Sucré owner & celebrated pastry chef Tariq Hanna serves up his signature sweets
  5. Chocolate lovers can get their cocoa fix with an assortment of eclairs, cakes & tarts
  6. Handmade fluffy Tahitian marshmallows are a melt-in-your-mouth seasonal treat
  7. Colorful collection of delicate French macarons filled with luscious mousseline
  8. Sucré\'s bright & inviting interior — such a darling boutique!
  9. Guests can dig into delightful desserts, like this colossal chocolate fudge brownie sundae
  10. Fudgy s\'mores skillet with melted marshmallow and creamy toasted almond gelato. Yes, please!
  11. Handmade chocolate bars adorned with toasted almonds, coconut flakes, candied violets & more
 
After a generous sampling from Sucré and several other indulgent creations from Zak Miller (Coquette), Kelly Fields (August) and Phillip Lopez (Root), N’awlins officially put me in a sugar-filled state of bliss. Clearly, a new desserts standard has been set in this city and it was thrilling to witness so many restaurants stepping up their game. Afterall, there’s no better way to cap off all that savory cuisine than with a sweet finish. Or a few.

For more sweet inspiration, check out this clip to see what Tariq Hanna has to say about Sucré and find out which New Orleans treats chefs John Besh, Johnny Iuzzini, Ron Ben-Israel & more can’t get enough of. 
 


 
Filmed during the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience at the The Big Gateaux Show event and throughout the weekend festivities. Learn more about New Orleans pastry culture in this great article on Nola.com.
 
Stay sweet New Orleans!

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