WHAT: Tsai features a changing menu of imaginatively prepared dishes built upon the best of the region’s local produce. “Tsai” is a Chinese word that means “vegetable” as well as “dish” and “cuisine.” The food here is direct, hearty, and made from scratch. The menu might include goat’s milk polenta and smothered kale with shiitake mushrooms one week, followed by homemade noodles and fried okra with watermelon relish the next week. Our produce comes from local and regional farmers through the Hollygrove Market and Farm, Crescent City Farmers Market, Jack and Jake’s, VEGGI Farmer’s Cooperative, and Vintage Garden Farms.

WHEN and WHERE: We host TSAI House events (with live music and food at $6-$10) at different residences around town, once a month. Please check the blog or the Facebook page for the most up-to-date information, or email tsainola@gmail.com to receive email updates or to host an event. Occasionally, we host events for a limited number of guests at venues that catch our interest. In October, we served a Taiwanese Brunch over Bayou St. John. In November, we teamed up with NOLA Locavores to serve an Autumn Harvest Dinner at the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center. On the second Saturday of each month, we serve smaller dishes at the OCH Art Market.

WHY: We are inspired by the vibrant cuisines of New Orleans and by the street food culture in Taiwan, where a quick roadside stop can yield a bowl of steaming dumpling soup or an oyster omelet. Good food can be straightforward and readily accessible for all.

HOW do you pronounce “TSAI?”  Learn here.

Tsai Facebook Page: events and pictures