Last night my husband and I went through our frequent ritual of trying to find something to watch on Netflix. We often take turns with the task. Tag…my husband was it. Once he or I find something, we watch it and realize it was good. Whoever found the program for the evening, happily takes credit for finding the hidden treasure. My husband found the treasure. He found, Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table. It was a very well done documentary on Ms.Brennan, a New Orleans restaurateur.
Her story was so inspiring. I love programs like this that show someone’s journey to success. There is always some wonderful take away. The take aways for me after watching this program were: 1. Just keep going. Part of the key to longevity is to simply keep going. 2. Sometimes the lack of a better alternative sparks the creation of something great. 3. Excellence coupled with genuine interest and care for your patrons gets people’s attention. I could go on and on, but these are the main points I will remember.
The beauty of the food, the stories that accompanied these visuals were lovely. Ms. Brennan’s restaurant Commander’s Palace was the proving ground for fabulous chefs, Paul Prudhomme, Emeril Lagasse, Jamie Shannon and Tory McPhail.
I would highly recommend this documentary. I don’t want to give away too much of the story. Go watch and see for yourself. In the meantime, try one of these fabulous recipes from Commander’s Palace. Let me know how they turn out.