Chris McMillian is a New Orleans bartender and a co-founder of The Museum of the American Cocktail. Imbibe Magazine mentioned McMillian as one of the top 25 most influential cocktail personalities of the last century.
McMillian, a fourth generation bartender, has been the chief bartender at several New Orleans bars, including the Library Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton and Bar UnCommon. As a cocktail historian, McMillian is known for telling stories or reciting drink-themed poetry while making drinks. McMillian has been mentioned in many magazines such as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and has been a public speaker at institutions such as the Smithsonian.
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Chef Chris DeBarr is getting back to what he loves best: Scratching dishes he wants to create off his “bucket list.” The creative chef is doing so at his new gig at Revel Cafe & Bar on North Carrollton Avenue.DeBarr cooked for years at New Orleans restaurants, such as Commander’s Palace and Christian’s, where he was sous chef. Christian’s flooded in Hurricane Katrina and never reopened.In the aftermath of the 2005 floods, DeBarr landed at The Delachaise on St. Charles Avenue where his inventive cooking caught the public’s attention. Then, he moved on to open two places of his own: Green Goddess in 2009 in the French Quarter and the now-closed Serendipity in 2012 in the American Can Company.Inspiration for a dish might come from a song, from something he tasted long ago or something he read last week, so Revel’s dishes will keep evolving, he said. “We’ll put a little more local spin on the menu than it had and build up some of the crazy fun that I’m known for doing,” DeBarr said, adding that some popular menu items will remain, including the chicken wings and peanut burger.