“Restaurant R’evolution introduces Rick’s and my new approach to Cajun and Creole cuisine, with an aim to push the boundaries and expectations of dining in Louisiana.” says Chef Folse.
Take one city steeped in tradition and fortified with a tenacious spirit. Combine it with a cross-cultural fusion of food and flavors built on the culinary history of seven nations that contributed to its unique flavor. Toss in two world-famous chefs with very different backgrounds, and what do you get? Restaurant R’evolution (777 Bienville St.), the first joint venture of award-winning chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto. Offering modern, imaginative reinterpretations of classic Cajun and Creole cuisine, Restaurant R’evolution opened in June 2012 at The Royal Sonesta New Orleans, in the heart of the city’s legendary French Quarter.
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Launching a Culinary R’evolution
According to Merriam-Webster, the word “revolution” is defined as “a fundamental change in the way of thinking about or visualizing something.” So, what does it mean to launch a culinary revolution in a city that prizes its gastronomic traditions above all? For chefs Tramonto and Folse, it meant taking to heart an age-old adage of Creole cooking: “First, begin with the roux.”
In that spirit, the chefs — led by Folse, an authority on Cajun and Creole cooking who has published ten books on the subject — have immersed themselves in the foundations of Louisiana’s complex cuisine and its unique swampland culture.
They also delved into Louisiana history, exploring the significant culinary contributions of each of the seven primary nations that inhabited the state, bringing raw ingredients from their native countries and cross-pollinating with their gastronomic traditions. The result will be a fresh and contemporary translation of Cajun and Creole cuisine, using Louisiana’s raw ingredients and building upon the history and traditions that define New Orleans.
Restaurant R’evolution is located at 777 Bienville Street at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans, in the heart of the French Quarter.