Please support the restaurant chefs who regularly shop with the farmers and fishers of the Crescent City Farmers Market.
We are often asked by shoppers "Who was that chef walking away with boxes of fresh greens or organic satsumas?" While we recognize the various means by which regional fruits, vegetables, dairy, seafood and meats make their way onto local restaurant menus, we are especially pleased to recommend the restaurants whose chefs go out of their way to purchase directly from farmers and fishers and do so alongside the rest of us — at the Crescent City Farmers Market — and who name the farmers and fishers on their menus:
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Chef/Partner, Johnny Sanchez
Aarón Sánchez is an award-winning chef, TV personality, cookbook author and philanthropist. He is the Chef/Partner of Johnny Sánchez restaurants in New Orleans and Baltimore, and the co-star of Food Network’s Chopped and Chopped Junior. Aarón received a James Beard award for Television Studio Program(2014) and hosted the Emmy-nominated Cooking Channel series, Taco Trip. He has a son, Yuma, and lives in New Orleans.
Chef, Commander’s Palace
A James Beard Rising Star Chef and Best Chef South winner, McPhail was named one of the best chefs in the country by TheDailyMeal.com in 2013, as one of Saveur magazine’s inaugural “Tastemaker Chefs” in 2012; awarded the winner of the Great American Seafood Cook-Off in 2009; co-authored Commander’s Wild Side with Ti Martin, a collection of recipes taken from the legendary restaurant’s kitchen; has served on the Nutrition Advisory Board for Cooking Light magazine; and has been a spokesperson for Wild American Shrimp and for McCormick’s Old Bay seasoning.
Executive Chef/Partner, Shaya, Domenica, Pizza Domenica
Alon Shaya is Executive Chef and Partner of Domenica, Pizza Domenica, and Shaya. Alon discovered his passion for cooking at an early age, spending most of his time in the kitchen with his mother and grandmother in Philadelphia. In 2003, Alon moved to New Orleans, training under Chef John Besh. In 2009, he opened Domenica, an Italian Restaurant. In 2014, he opened Pizza Domenica, a casual Domenica spin-off, in uptown New Orleans. After visits to his birthplace Israel, Alon was inspired to open his namesake Israeli restaurant in 2015. That year, he was awarded the James Beard Foundation Award for “Best Chef – South”. In 2016, Shaya Restaurant won the James Beard Foundation Award for “Best New Restaurant.” Shaya has been hailed as one of the country’s best by leading outlets including Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Saveur, Eater, GQ, Esquire, and more.
Executive Chef and Chief Executive Officer
Recognized as one of New Orleans’ preeminent chefs, Chef Link has peppered the streets of the Warehouse District of New Orleans with several restaurants over the course of the past thirteen years. Herbsaint, a contemporary take on the French-American “bistro” was Link’s first restaurant. Cochon opened with chef-partner Stephen Stryjewski, is where Link offers true Cajun and Southern cooking featuring the foods and cooking techniques he grew up preparing and eating. Cochon Butcher is a tribute to Old World butcher and charcuterie shops which also serves a bar menu, sandwiches, wine and creative cocktails. Calcasieu is Chef Link’s private event facility that takes its name from one of the parishes in the Acadiana region of southwest Louisiana. In the spring of 2013, Chef Link celebrated the opening of Pêche Seafood Grill in New Orleans.
John Besh is a chef and a native son dedicated to the culinary riches of southern Louisiana. In his restaurants, entrepreneurial pursuits, and public activities, he preserves and promotes ingredients, techniques, and heritage one mouth-watering dish at a time. Besh grew up in southern Louisiana and has set the benchmark for fine dining in New Orleans – a town whose identity is bound to its food. His twelve acclaimed restaurants celebrate the bounty and traditions of the region.
Market Umbrella is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3), based in New Orleans, whose mission is to cultivate the field of public markets for public good. Market Umbrella has operated the Crescent City Farmers Markets (CCFM) since 1995.
The Crescent City Farmers Market operates weekly year-round in four New Orleans neighborhoods. The market hosts nearly 80 local small farmers, fishers and food producers, and more than 100,000 shoppers annually.