Quiz #56 Answer - April 15, 2006

The intersection of what two streets is shown in this picture?
Mark Gasquet, photographer. Submitted courtesy of Bill Stafford.
Answer:
It's the intersection of Royal and St. Louis Sts.
New Orleans, LA

Special Note:  The photo was taken from
the Louisiana Supreme Court Building, 400 Royal St.
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Antoine's Restaurant
Antoine's Restaurant is located at 713-717 Rue Saint Louis, between Bourbon and
Royal streets, 5 blocks from Canal Street, in the heart of the French Quarter.
It was founded in 1840 by Antoine Alciatore. Antoine's moved down the block from
where it started, in 1868, to the spot on St. Louis Street where the restaurant stands
today.

According to
http://www.antoines.com/history.html:

Established in 1840, Antoine's is the country's oldest family-run restaurant.
It was spring in 1840, when New
Orleans was queen city of the
Mississippi River, when cotton
was king and French gentlemen
settled their differences under the
oaks with pistols for two and
coffee for one. "Dixie" had not yet
been written, destined to become
the marching anthem for
Confederate forces in the War
Between the States.

This was the city young Antoine
Alciatore adopted, after two
frustrating years in New York, to
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establish a restaurant that would endure under his family's direction for more than 150
years and set the standard that has made New Orleans one of the great dining centers of
the world.

It was on St. Louis Street, just one block from the spot the famed restaurant occupies
today, that the 27-year old Alciatore started what was to become simply "Antoine's" as a
synonym for fine food. He felt at home in the French-speaking city of lordly aristocrats
and their extravagances, an ideal audience for his culinary artistry.

After a brief period in the kitchen of the
grand St. Charles Hotel, Antoine opened a
pension, a boarding house and a restaurant.
It wasn't long before the aromatic odors
wafting from his kitchen brought New
Orleans to his door and, in five years, the
Pension Alciatore was firmly established.

It was then that he made arrangements for
his finacee' to join him from New York.
She came to New Orleans with her sister
and she and Antoine were married.
Together they worked to build up their
pension with culinary emphasis.  

New Orleans' gentility was so taken with
1940 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
Corner of Royal & St. Louis Sts.
Click on thumbnail to see larger image.
the restaurant that it soon outgrew its smallquarters and Antoine's moved down the
block and eventually, in 1868, to the spot on St. Louis Street where the restaurant
stands today. For a history of Antoine's dining rooms, see
http://www.antoines.com/diningrooms1.html.

For Antoine's menus, see
http://www.antoines.com/culinary.html.
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Starting off at the restaurant Antoine's, [Dinner at
Antoine's
] follows extremely rich playboy Orson
Foxworth (yes, that is his real name) introducing his
lovely niece Ruth Avery to the rich'n'famous of New
Orleans. Among them are the beautiful Amelie
Lalande, a self-absorbed but very lovely widow that
Foxworth wants as a lover but is willing to marry;
Odile St. Amand, Amelie's daughter, who is
suffering from a disease she tries to hide; Leonce St.
Amand, Odile's philandering husband; Caresse
Lalande, Odile's little sister who is on the brink of a
full-fledged affair with Leonce; Vance Perrault, a
doctor who cares deeply for Odile; Odile's ex-lover,
Sabin Duplessis; Joe Racina, a brilliant journalist, and
many many others...
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Dinner at Antoine's
by Francis Parkinson Keyes
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Aunt Sally's Pralines
The founders of Aunt Sally's® Praline Shops, Pierre and Diane Bagur, had a vision to
share the mystique of their home, New Orleans, and opened their first shop in the early
1930s. They were both second generation New Orleanians of French Creole descent.
Their store resembled a log cabin and their merchandise was selected to remind visitors
to New Orleans of the charms, rich history and delights of the city. Among these, of
course, were the unique Creole candies called “pralines.” With the help of talented
candymakers, the Bagurs developed their own delicate version of New Orleans
signature candy, made over a gas stove in a copper pot and hand-poured, praline after
praline onto marble surfaces, just as it is today...Today, visitors may see what a New
York Times reporter recently acclaimed as the best of those “disks of pure joy” being
made daily at 810 Decatur Street in the historic French Quarter at the corner of
Jackson Square and next to Café du Monde.

Read more about Aunt Sally's at
http://www.auntsallys.com/history.html.

For the definition of a Creole Praline (pronounced PRAH' leen,
not PRAY' leen), see
http://www.auntsallys.com/history1.html.
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About the Photographer
Mark Gasquet was a very talented freelance photographer and the unofficial Louisiana
state photographer from the 1920s to 1950s. He worked for several newspapers around
the country.  He took the first photos of Bonnie and Clyde’s bodies when they were
caught. It’s an incredible collection.
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