Kristen Essig & Michael Stoltzfus

Carnivale du Vin Bourbon, Boudin and Beer
Kristen Essig & Michael Stoltzfus

Coquette, New Orleans

Kristen and Michael are co-chef and owners of Coquette. Kristen moved to New Orleans from Charleston, South Carolina in 1999, and has had the great pleasure of working with Chefs Emeril Lagasse, Anne Kearney and Susan Spicer. She’s worked in fine dining since 1999, managed farmers markets and started her own boutique catering and private chef business in 2005, all before returning to restaurant kitchens in 2012. Michael moved to New Orleans from Baltimore, Maryland. He most notably worked with Chef John Best at Restaurant August as a sous chef.

Michael opened Coquette, a restaurant located in New Orleans Garden District in 2008 and Kristen joined the team in 2016. 

Coquette offers innovative southern cuisine with an emphasis on locally sourced product and international inspiration. Kristen and Michael consider themselves lucky to work with small farms across the south as well as being one of the 2 restaurants that sponsors Paradigm Gardens, a urban farm in New Orleans Central City. The Times Picayune has honored Coquette as one of the “Top Ten Restaurants” in New Orleans for 5 years (2012-2015 & 2017).

Kristen has been named a James Beard Semifinalist for “Best Chef in the South” (2017), one of Coastal Living Magazines “5 Coastal Chefs to Watch” (2015), nominated as one of Food & Wines Magazine’s “The People’s Best New Chef” (2015), and one of Times Picayunes “Chefs to Watch” (2014).

Michael in addition to successfully running Coquette for the past 9 years has been named a Star Chef’s “Rising Star” (2012),  “Chef of the Year” by New Orleans Magazine (2013), and a James Beard Semifinalist for Best Chef in the South (2013-2017).

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Champions Square
New Orleans
6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
This event is for adults 21+