NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences New Orleans and award-winning chef Donald Link are proud to announce the opening on November 26 of the Chemin à la Mer. French for “path to the sea”, Way to the Sea offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Mississippi River while serving cuisine showcasing Chef Donald’s Louisiana heritage and his travels around the world.
Louisiana cuisine skillfully executed with French technique.
Signature dishes include carvings of several classic steak cuts, including A5 Kobe Striploin Steak, Seared Filet Mignon and Seared Cast Iron Coulotte. A highlight is the Côte de Boeuf for Two, carved next to the table. Entrees also include Ōra King salmon with French lentils; Pan-fried giant prawns served with white beans and pesto; Domestic lamb with olive tapenade and garlic rosemary; and charcuterie and foie gras inspired by his travels to Paris and the Burgundy regions of France. The large oyster bar will excite the palate with delicious Gulf Coast oysters; Snapper ceviche; Steamed Louisiana Shrimp; and garnish Le Grand Plat de Mer is a giant crab salad influenced by flavors found during Link’s travels in the French West Indies.
“This restaurant is very personal to me, and I’m proud to be able to incorporate so many elements and inspirations from my life and travels here in partnership with Four Seasons,” said Chef Donald. “It was very important to me to honor the sense of place, and this restaurant and this menu respects that. This rich and sensual space reflects its name, “Way to the Sea”, as the Mississippi River plays such a vital role in the fabric of New Orleans, from its commerce at the port to the fishing and hunting along its basin. irrigation for agricultural production. to serve as the perfect backdrop for a celebration of food.
Design and decor reflect riverside location and Southern heritage.
From the start, Donald Link had John Alexander, a highly observed Southern artist of naturalistic paintings, in mind for Path to the Sea. Their common southern roots in the Gulf Coast region were a touchstone for this commission. , which resulted in three new paintings and four unique hand-crafted prints created specifically for this restaurant overlooking the Mississippi River. Two murals titled River Bottom Blues I and II help set the tone for the main dining area. The two oil-on-panel paintings feature birds of varying size and personality perched in lush vegetation, with bright flashes of pink plumage offsetting the moody, sultry southern skies. Alexandre’s work has an honesty and directness of material, with pops of color, which visually matches the chef’s concept for food and explicitly links the idea of the “path to the sea” to space. Alexander’s new painting, Purple Grackle, which he describes as a “humble tribute” to his great mutual friend with Link, the late Julia Reed, is anchored at the bar.
In the space created by architect CambridgeSeven, award-winning interior designer Bill Rooney offers a bespoke design that reflects the rich and alluring heritage of the river. Rooney said: “Working closely with Chef Donald and Four Seasons, we have assembled design elements into a space that feels fresh while respecting its sense of place, with a strong connection to the natural landscape of the Louisiana and its riverside location.”
Expansive floor-to-ceiling windows offer immediate and dramatic views of the crescent bend the city is known for, while the dining room interior is awash in a mix of rich colors and accents that visually connect it to River. Oak timber walls, timber beams, timber plank ceilings, and oak and walnut floors are reminiscent of a ship’s deck, creating a warm, rugged feel juxtaposed with
Scala marble found along the bar and restaurant tables. This balanced palate creates a backdrop that highlights its deep connection to water. Benches and round tables provide an intimate and relaxed setting.
From the bar spaces constructed with woods and beautiful green stones reflecting the feel of water, to the large pendant lighting selected for its depiction of local historical influences, the Chemin à la Mer’s connection to his home runs deep. The raw bar chalkboard menu, indoor and outdoor plantings, and floor plan open to the pool provide a welcoming and familiar atmosphere for guests. Outdoor seating on the deck offers one of the most spectacular dining experiences in town – a panoramic alfresco view of the Mississippi River.