CBS Sunday Morning to celebrate Antoine's 176-year history

NEW ORLEANS -- Its radio commercials trumpet a truism: in all the world there is only one Antoine's. Now, CBS News Sunday Morning will recognize that fact, honoring the 176-year-old French Quarter restaurant with a profile on its Sunday broadcast.

"The restaurant, opened in 1840, is a family-run institution where the sense of family extends to its customers," reads the CBS website promoting the story.

Jamie Wax, a native of Baton Rouge and CBS feature correspondent, traveled to New Orleans last year for the segment. It airs during the program broadcast Sunday at 8 a.m. on Channel 4.

Wax has posted photos highlighting interviews with Yvonne Alciatore Blount, great-granddaughter of Antoine himself, as well as waiter Charles Carter, who comes from a long line of Antoine's waiters.

Antoine's touts its status as the country's oldest family-run restaurant, known for introducing Oysters Rockefeller and enhancing and preserving other French and Creole dishes. The French Quarter restaurant is also known for its ornate dining rooms (including those honoring the Carnival Reese of Rex, Proteus, Hermes and Twelfth Night Revelers). The rooms have welcomed celebrities such as Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Whoopi Goldberg and stars from the golden age of Hollywood such as Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Groucho Marx, to name just a few. Presidents served by Antoine's staff include Franklin D. Roosevelt, Bill Clinton and George Bush. Pope John Paul II was also served by former proprietor Randy Guste and his staff during his 1987 visit to New Orleans.

Antoine's is now run by Rick Blount, great-great grandson of founder Antoine Alciatore. Last year, to mark the restaurant's 175th anniversary, Blount led celebrations that included gala dinners, publication of a cookbook and a trip to host a dinner at the James Beard House in New York. 

(© 2016 WWL)


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