In tribute to Mardi Gras and the New Orleans Saints’ first-ever Super Bowl win, Bluewater Grill restaurants in Newport Beach and Tustin will host a “Cajun & Creole Celebration ” throughout March. Combining Bluewater Grill’s famous fresh seafood and shellfish with savory flavors and hot spices, the first-ever tasting event and month-long menu celebration are certain to get guests proclaiming, “C’est Magnifique& !
The festivities begin with a March 9 “Louisiana Cajun & Creole Fest ” tasting event featuring a pairing of classic foods from the bayou ” California-inspired versions of Crawfish Etouffee, Gumbo and Jambalaya ” with specialized drinks designed to bring out the flavor and turn up the heat. Also served will be Bluewater Grill favorites Oysters Rockefeller and Oysters Bienville, along with Bananas Foster for dessert.
In honor of the celebration and the Saints’ decisive victory in Super Bowl XLIV, Bluewater Grill bartenders will pour the New Orleans Fizz, also known as the Ramos Gin Fizz, created in the late 1800s by New Orleans favorite son Henry C. Ramos. As legend has it, the cocktail became so popular that by the 1915 Mardi Gras celebrations, Ramos’ 35 & shaker boys& had trouble keeping up with demand. Bartenders at both restaurants will be demonstrating the drink’s famous vigorous shaking ritual to give it its unique fizz.
The cost of each pairing event is $24.95 per person, and advance reservations are required for seating beginning at 6:30 p.m. Bluewater Grill chefs and servers at each restaurant will be available to discuss the culinary implications and recipe possibilities of Cajun and Creole cuisines.
Throughout the month, a sampling of Crawfish Etouffee, Gumbo and Jambalaya will be available and guests can add their own New Orleans Fizz from the bar to complete their personal Cajun & Creole Celebration.
Offered on the second Tuesday of every month, Bluewater Grill’s monthly tasting events allow seafood aficionados and “foodies ” to combine the latest seasonal fresh fish varieties, with commentary by the restaurant’s resident seafood experts. During some months, hand-selected wines, draught beers and sakes are added to the mix, and a special, limited-time menu offering allows customers to sample the tasting event throughout the month.
Bluewater Grill locations in Orange County include 630 Lido Park Drive in Newport Beach, in Cannery Village, and 2409 Park Avenue in Tustin, at the new District at Tustin Legacy retail and entertainment center. The phone numbers are (949) 675-FISH (3474) and (714) 258-FISH (3474), respectively.