New Orleans Photo Journal: Eating & Drinking

C1 Director of New Work Ilana Brownstein headed down to New Orleans in advance of the Boston opening of Tennessee Williams’ Green Eyes, and brought back this photo journal of Williams-associated landmarks. (All photos are by Ilana Brownstein and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.)

Tennessee Williams was a great lover of food and drink, and the French Quarter provided him prodigious opportunities to indulge. One could spend weeks in New Orleans simply following a tour of TW’s culinary haunts. (The book Dinner with Tennessee is a good start, for those who would be interested in such a gluttonous endeavor). True Williams gourmands can read his oeuvre for hints of his appetite — many of his favorite dishes and drinks crop up in his plays, even those set far from his home. In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel has one character ordering a French 75, to the confusion of the bartender.

The slideshow images include: TW’s favorite corner table at Galatoire’s, “the grand dame of New Orleans’ old-line restaurants,” where his favorite dish was trout meuniere; the Royal Court of the Two Sisters, where he waited tables; Arnaud’s, where he favored the spicy remoulade and French 75s; and of course, the Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone, where he imbibed Vieux Carre cocktails as the bar slowly rotated in the center of the room.

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